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Police Arrest 11-Year-Old Over Stick Figure Drawing

February 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm by  

ARVADA, Colo. – Screw it. It’s a slow news day and you’re just gonna have to deal with it. While the news reports on Zahra Baker’s step-mom being charged with second-degree murder and the four Americans murdered Somali pirates, they neglect the plight of an 11-year-old boy arrested for drawing stick figures in class.

It didn’t help that the stick figures were of him using a gun to shoot four other stick figures with the title “teacher must die” but hey, what is art, right?

The boy’s parents say that the kid has ADD and was just doing what he was instructed to do by his therapist. Instead of disrupting the class when angry, he was told to vent on paper. That’s what the boy said he did when he drew the picture but the teacher saw it as he was throwing it away.

He was taken to the principal’s office where they determined he wasn’t a threat. His parents were notified and he was sent back to class. That seemed to be the end of it until Arvada Police showed up at the boy’s house later that day. His mother told her son to cooperate and just explained what happened, which he did. The police then charged him with a third degree misdemeanor, interfering with staff and students at an educational facility.

The boy was handcuffed, placed in the back of a police car and then taken to the police station despite his mother begging the officers to just let her drive him there. He was placed in a cell and had his mugshot taken and fingerprinted. If he finishes his probation with no further incidents, the charges against him will be dropped.

While I agree that I don’t want my kid sitting in a class where an 11-year-old in therapy is drawing pictures of him shooting up the class, and that someone demonstrating that level of anger at a young age probably does not need to be in a normal classroom setting, does anyone think the arrest went a bit too far?

Thank God no one ever saw some of the crap I used to draw while bored in class, they’d have given me a lobotomy. Oh, and if you ever find yourself in some potential legal trouble…never talk to cops without a lawyer present.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/JellyBellyMomma Kimberly Hanselman

    ” While I agree that I don’t want my kid sitting in a class where an 11-year-old in therapy is drawing pictures of him shooting up the class, and that someone demonstrating that level of anger at a young age probably does not need to be in a normal classroom setting, does anyone think the arrest went a bit too far?”

    Agreed, 100%

  • Shauna Olsen

    So does this mean the cops will follow through with other disturbing and sometimes…well…questionable drawings I have seen pre teens make? I understand the worry and concern with the shootings that have happened in many different schools, but I guess drawing that depicts violence, or that is sexually graphic as well should also warrant an arrest. Did they go to far with the arrest? Yes they did. The kid was already in trouble with the school and had been confronted about it. I think his therapist should have been notified most definatly and maybe a less harsh punishment would have probably worked. If this kid already had any issues in school with kids teasing him (we don’t have that information) then it is going to get exponentially worse due to his arrest.

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  • Parrot Toes

    *Sings*
    Joy to the world, the school burned down
    and all the teachers died!
    We crucified the principal
    then hung him from the flagpole
    a noose around his neck, a noose a around his neck…

    Or another one:

    Joy to the world, the teacher’s dead
    we barbecued her head!
    What happened to the body?
    We flushed it down the potty!
    And round and round it went,
    and round and round it went
    and rouuund and round and round it went

    Come one. What’s the difference really between these songs and a kid drawing stick figures? Honestly, how many of us sang these jingles or drew pictures with a particular teacher or other person in mind? It doesn’t mean anything.

    I think people have forgotten what it was like when they were kids and I think adults have become too concerned about this type of trivial nonsense.

  • Anonymous

    I was in and out of the office on a pretty regular basis when I was in Jr High and High School. If I wasn’t there they were sending me to the guidance counselor’s office. I would write stories and poems that were not to their liking I would also draw graphic offensive pictures. Never once were the police involved even after writing about killing and stalking my classmates lol To me they were just stories and they were willing to understand that but those were the days before Columbine. After that happened they called me into the office as a person of interest but left me alone after I threatened to get a lawyer because I was a senior and 19 at the time.

  • Parrot Toes

    Exactly. If people want to stop school shootings, they should focus more on the bullying than an 11 year old’s stick-figure drawings. And don’t anyone say that they have with the bullying laws. They are nothing but ineffective bullshit for the most part.

  • Anonymous

    now the kid is going to be super pissed at the teacher, school administration, and cops. didnt they stop to think that humiliating him like that is the type of event that can cause an already fragile child to snap? idiots.

  • Anonymous

    This is a ridiculous over-reaction on everyone’s part

    This picture was intercepted on its way to a trash receptacle – it was not given to the teacher nor intended as a threat against the teacher. The kid was doing as he was instructed to do by his therapist – meh – so what?

    The easy fix: Put the teacher on Xanax and the kid on Ritalin = everyone is medicated and everyone is happy :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/andycarpenterjr Andy Carpenter

    I certainly do not think an 11 year old child should be arrested and booked for drawing a godamn stick figure. Hell, I remember drawing blood, skulls, knives, guns, fire, blood dripping down from the eye of someone I didn’t like and a knife stuck inside the other eye. So what does that make me? I’ve never been arrested on anything criminal in my life. I’m a very successful business owner. I’ve had one DUI in 37 years and I’m not a fucking serial killer either. He’s a “CHILD” who’s obviously being picked on, bullied in school or maybe just having a bad fucking day. I think the idiot cops and everyone else need to back the fuck up, stop being drama queens and let the kid have his bad day in peace.

  • guillotinegirl

    If they were in art class the teacher should be fired for being incompetent.

  • Anonymous

    So true but kids don’t want to be snitches and teachers dont want to do their jobs. An 11yr old drawing stick figures must be an easy target. I bet it was the teacher and not the school who called law enforcement. I’m just glad things were not this way back when I was in school because if I would have had no outlet for my aggression something bad may have happened. I wouldn’t have used a gun it would have been my trusty switchblade or butterfly knife I usually carried both on me back then but never pulled pulled them out out of anger. I am big guy and my presence was enough to deter most people but hey when trouble came my way wasn’t affraid to oblige it with my heavily ringed fist.

  • http://infowars.com Domino

    this is laughable. he is being charged with WHAT? “interfering with staff and students at an educational facility”. yeah. that law is brooooooad and has got to go.

    this looks messy and they should seriously consider hiring an attorney – first off he wasn’t interfering with anything. he was throwing it away…. not parading it around the class to his friends. and one can speculate the teacher probably dug it out of the fucking trash themselves.

    god with laws like that, they can charge your ass with anything. anything at all, just because you pissed someone off, or said the wrong thing.

    like the girl in texas, victoria mullins – FINED FOR CUSSING IN CLASS. that’s right, she was fined for cussing!!

    these are hardly isolated incidents anymore, they’re the fucking norm.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    That was a massive fucking overreaction on the school’s and law enforcement’s part.

    Maybe someone should look at the teacher. I used to draw unflattering caricatures of teachers that I hated when I was in school.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    That was a massive fucking overreaction on the school’s and law enforcement’s part.

    Maybe someone should look at the teacher. I used to draw unflattering caricatures of teachers that I hated when I was in school.

  • Anonymous

    Ah the slippery slope that is zero tolerance. I’m waiting for the day when the headline reads “Eleven-year-old arrested for making angry facial expressions at teacher.”

  • Anonymous

    Ah the slippery slope that is zero tolerance. I’m waiting for the day when the headline reads “Eleven-year-old arrested for making angry facial expressions at teacher.”

  • Anonymous

    Ah the slippery slope that is zero tolerance. I’m waiting for the day when the headline reads “Eleven-year-old arrested for making angry facial expressions at teacher.”

  • Athena

    Oh, that’s nothin’. Just a couple weeks ago a read an article about a seven year old facing charges for bringing a nerf gun to school.

    We’re already there, squeekymom… we’re already there.

  • Athena

    Zero-tolerance policies were created by hysterical legislators and lazy administrators.

    And, hello!?! School shootings are perpetrated by kids who aren’t getting help for their issues.

    On a side note, the Columbine shooting occurred when I was a junior in high school. As a result, the brilliant administrators at my school compiled a list of students they thought might pose a threat to the school the next year. I found out from a teacher who thought it was laughable that I was rather high on said list because of the way I dressed (punk – Dead Kennedys t-shirts, black mini skirts, ripped fishnets and Doc Martins… you know the type)… despite the fact that I was a popular student, accomplished academic and athlete and generally well-liked by staff (with the exception of the brand new dipshit principal).

    This kind of bullshit is nothing new.

  • Anonymous

    Right on target!

  • Shauna Olsen

    Mean while in the city actual criminals are doing worse and more horrible crimes. Imagine him being asked why he was arrested by some hardcore juviniles? “Cause I drew a stick figure man, don’t mess with me man!” Oh yeah, real hardcore.

  • Shauna Olsen

    That is so messed up and no better than a witch hunt too.

  • http://twitter.com/lisaznola Lisa Zalewski

    Violent stick figures were the norm for some of us who could not actually draw.
    We had some kicking flip books too.
    My friends and I would have been put under the jail with some of them…
    I later went on to be a teacher.
    Having a meeting with his teacher and therapist would have made a HELL of a lot more sense than arresting the kid.

  • http://twitter.com/lisaznola Lisa Zalewski

    We sung the second one every year from 1st grade on I think!
    LOL

  • Anonymous

    What a waste of time for all parties involved.

  • Anonymous

    LE should have ordered the parents to get the child counseling or be found in contempt. But to ARREST an 11 year old/fingerprints/mugshot/probation & all= overkill.
    True story: When my son was in 1st grade [[6 years old mind you]] he slipped a neon orange water gun in his bookbag before school (unbeknownst to me)- and pulled it out during recess to make their recess games more interesting, I guess. That day I got a call from the principal that my son was detained in the office under vigorous scrutiny by not 2, not 3, but FOUR police officers. He was also suspended from school for 2 days. The principal said she ‘regretted’ that had happened, but they can not make exceptions for plastic neon orange water guns. My son was HORRIFIED for the next several days. He didn’t want to go back to school. While that’s a far cry from drawing a hit list with stick figures, my opinion stands..overkill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracey.a.jones Tracey A. Jones

    This, right here, is exactly what I was going to say. Confronting the child in this manner is almost certainly going to make an issue that may not have been that big a deal, into a BIG deal in his head.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracey.a.jones Tracey A. Jones

    “interfering with staff and students at an educational facility”

    Seriously? Is that the charge? Gods, I was guilty of that every single day of high school. WTF?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracey.a.jones Tracey A. Jones

    ROFL. Our administration tried a similar “suspicious students” list and half our debate team and a bunch of other high achievers/obviously well-adjusted kids were on it. Other than keeping the ban on trench coats in school, they then dropped the matter.

    And Shauna, as far as witch hunts go: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_panic . That’s all it is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracey.a.jones Tracey A. Jones

    OMG! That must’ve been traumatizing for your little boy. Perfect example of how zero-tolerance policies can do more harm than good.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PKSJ42VBXNAFJLOH54Y3K4KTXU Heather Habilatory

    We got the trench coat ban, too. Fricking ridiculous. My little group of friends pretty much all had to buy new coats.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDDU4ND4E3KFTW6OEXCLYTYY6Q Lisa

    My school had a list for the kids that wore black on Fridays . Apparently in our area black on Fridays meant a devil worshiping weekend .

  • Anonymous

    Americas dirty little Secret almost all school shooters had therapists & wacko drugs Before they went postal.
    Straight fact look it up. Does anyone really know what their child and a therapist do behind closed doors?
    My first wifes Kid had one, 23 years old no kids no brothers or sisters and an only child. She was telling my wife how to raise her kid.All she did was make excuses for him acting like an out of control Ass.
    That came to an end when he threatened to cut some little girls face for riding her bike to school.
    Amazing what a dose of leather therapy can do.

  • Smileypants

    Wow. Just WOW. Four police officers got radio calls and all drove to an elementary school to confront a six year old with a a water gun?? Didn’t they feel like the biggest pussies on the planet?!?!?! What, did they think he was gonna take hostages???
    Zero tolerance laws are DUMB and LAZY like Athena said above. They leave no room for commen sense. It makes me distrust “the powers that be” that they can’t be trusted to have a brain and logic. How sad for your son!! Poor guy…..

  • Parrot Toes

    In a way, I kind of agree with you. I know firsthand that there are a lot of quack therapists out there. They are the one’s who are trying to be too politically correct instead of actually worrying about their clients. Group therapy is probably a better option in my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    And years later you’re posting on a site like the DD, using the name Dead Skin Mask.

    Nice to know you turned out so normal… 0_o

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CUDNJGMJ4IJSXSD5AQN23ZCC4Y Find Out Yourself

    If he had showed up at school a few days later and shot someone, everyone would be citing the drawing as a reason “someone should have done something”. You can’t win. Personally after Columbine, I say take all of the precautions http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/weird/kids1/index_1.html

  • Athena

    There are a lot of things they could do short of having the kid arrested. I think that’s the point folks are trying to make, not suggesting the school should have turned a blind eye.

  • http://twitter.com/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    These are real songs? I thought that you made them up. Those are a bit disturbing.

  • Anonymous

    Both of my parents were teachers and as a kid I still sang the song to the tune of “I’ve been workin’ on the railroad”
    “Glory, glory, hallelujah
    Teacher hit me with a ruler
    Hid behind the door
    With a loaded .44
    And teacher ain’t teacher no more.”

    There was another one about the teacher’s underwear and getting bit by a polar bear, but I can’t recall all the lyrics. It ended with, “And that’s how the polar bear died.”

    And I was an A and B student!

  • Anonymous

    My mother is very proud ;)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUSPJ56WM63ZAO7MYQGILWWWPM aliceinchainsboy

    not enough blood n gore on that stick viginette.., hey the thing you all failed to recognize was the lack of parents rights in all of that..1984 anyone? this kinda shit is goin too far arresting an 11 yr old for doing his therapy.. what a bunch of clown-asshatery

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUSPJ56WM63ZAO7MYQGILWWWPM aliceinchainsboy

    not enough blood n gore on that stick viginette.., hey the thing you all failed to recognize was the lack of parents rights in all of that..1984 anyone? this kinda shit is goin too far arresting an 11 yr old for doing his therapy.. what a bunch of clown-asshatery

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUSPJ56WM63ZAO7MYQGILWWWPM aliceinchainsboy

    Btw I drew tanks, AT-At’s asteroids, giant robots and fleets of planes killing my english teacher etc… hmm they would lock me under a mountain in that kids school..
     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUSPJ56WM63ZAO7MYQGILWWWPM aliceinchainsboy

    Btw I drew tanks, AT-At’s asteroids, giant robots and fleets of planes killing my english teacher etc… hmm they would lock me under a mountain in that kids school..
     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUSPJ56WM63ZAO7MYQGILWWWPM aliceinchainsboy

    Btw I drew tanks, AT-At’s asteroids, giant robots and fleets of planes killing my english teacher etc… hmm they would lock me under a mountain in that kids school..
     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUSPJ56WM63ZAO7MYQGILWWWPM aliceinchainsboy

    Btw I drew tanks, AT-At’s asteroids, giant robots and fleets of planes killing my english teacher etc… hmm they would lock me under a mountain in that kids school..
     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUSPJ56WM63ZAO7MYQGILWWWPM aliceinchainsboy

    Btw I drew tanks, AT-At’s asteroids, giant robots and fleets of planes killing my english teacher etc… hmm they would lock me under a mountain in that kids school..
     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUSPJ56WM63ZAO7MYQGILWWWPM aliceinchainsboy

    Btw I drew tanks, AT-At’s asteroids, giant robots and fleets of planes killing my english teacher etc… hmm they would lock me under a mountain in that kids school..
     

  • Anonymous

    Actually, DUI is in fact a crime, but that’s besides the point.  Otherwise I agree with you 100%.  I’ve drawn some pretty nasty stuff myself, and started playing Mortal Kombat at the age of 9.  As a teenager, I listened to some pretty violent gangsta rap and heavy metal.  When Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City came out in my late teens, I played those games a great deal.  And I was picked on pretty bad in school as well.  I’ve even been hazed.  But for some reason I’ve never killed, robbed, or raped anyone, nor have I been arrested or even gotten a traffic ticket.  And I’m 27 now, and I haven’t even been in a mild fistfight since the age of 16.  Looks like all the quacks are wrong I guess.

  • Anonymous

    Already there almost, at least in Halifax, Canada.  Google “Halifax hysteria” and see what I mean.  Some teacher pressed assault charges against one of his students who wore hair gel and deodorant the smell of which made him (the teacher) throw up.  They literally have a “perfume ban” in that city. I swear, you can’t make this stuff up. 

    http://fumento.com/mcs/halifax2.html