11-year-old boy arrested over stick figure drawing
Tue, 22 Feb 2011 16:57:32 GMT —
An 11-year-old boy in Arvada, Colorado was arrested and taken away in handcuffs for drawing stick figures in school,something he was told by his therapist to do.
According to KDVR, the boy's parents said the boy "Tim" is being treated for Attention Deficit Disorder and his therapist told him to draw pictures when he got upset, rather than disrupt the class. That's what he did, but the drawing was of him with a gun, pointed at four other stick figures with the words "teacher must die." After drawing the picture, he felt calmer and was throwing it away when the teacher saw it and sent him to the principal's office.
While his parents understand what he did was inappropriate, they are upset with the way the police handled the case. The school was aware the boy was in treatment, decided he was not a threat, and notified his parents of the situation before sending him back to class.
That's why his parents were shocked when Arvada Police showed up at their home later that night, handcuffed him and took him away in a patrol car. He was even put in a cell, his mug shot was taken, and he was fingerprinted. He's been charged with a third degree misdemeanor, interfering with staff and students at an educational facility.
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