ST. PETERSBURG, FL — A 6-year-old girl was ordered to undergo an involuntary mental evaluation after a fight she was involved in at school.
For those of you unaware of the term, the Baker Act is a common term used for the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971, a statute that allows for the involuntary mental examination of an individual. In this case, a 6-year-old girl.
The girl’s mother, Christina Brinson, told reporters her daughter is just having a tough time adjusting at Fairmount Park Elementary and is dealing with a bully. She says she gave her daughter permission to fight back.
So when her daughter returned to school on Thursday morning, after being suspended for two days because of her behavior at school, she got into a fight with her alleged bully.
This fight reportedly escalated into something more than just a fight, but I cannot find out exactly what happened. Whatever it was, it was enough for a social worker to feel the first-grader was so out of control that she was likely to cause serious bodily harm to herself and others if she did not get treatment.
So on Thursday afternoon she was Baker Acted and taken by police to PEM Mental Health Services. A doctor at the facility wrote comments in her file that said the girl was “calm, cooperative and appropriate.” Obviously, her mother is not too happy about any of this.
“She’s 6,” Brinson said. “How do you possibly send a child to a mental health clinic, at 6? What can she possibly do to be a threat to herself and others?”
That’s exactly what I wanna know. What did she do to be determined a threat to herself and others? Anyone out there got the dirt on this one?Tags: Baker Act, bully, Crime, fight, Florida, mental illness