ARVADA, Colo. – Last month we posted an article about the city of Arvada arresting a 11-year-old boy over a violent stick figure drawing he drew while in class.
The image depicted stick figures of himself with a gun, pointed at four other stick figures with the words “teacher must die.” He was later arrested at his home and charged with a third degree misdemeanor, interfering with staff and students at an educational facility.
His mother says the boy, who suffers from ADHD, was simply following a therapist’s suggestion to draw his frustrations rather than act them out. And if you read our article you can tell I thought the entire thing was ridiculous, mostly because of some of the whacked out shit I drew as a kid in school (and now in meetings at work).
But I am backing off on my sentiments in regards to this story after the City of Arvada came out and defended the arrest. Seems as if there is some back-story that they are not allowed to reveal, and that the mother withheld when she went to the media.
“This detention, on its face, may seem egregious,” the City of Arvada said in a statement.
“However, there is background in this case that cannot be publicly discussed because the information regarding this juvenile is protected information and by law, we cannot release these facts.“
“Here in Colorado we have experienced numerous school shootings including Columbine High School, Platte Canyon High School, Youth With A Mission, Deer Creek Middle School, and a host of school shootings across the country. Some of these shootings have been perpetrated by juveniles as young as 11 years of age,” the city said.
And now, with a story of a 12-year-old in Colorado who was just arrested for killing his parents, I see their point. I didn’t take into consideration that we’re talking about Colorado here. Where kids shoot classmates so often, police should be allowed to lock up anyone under the age 0f 18 for merely making funny faces at a teacher.Tags: ADHD, Colorado, mental illness, student, teacher