Thursday, February 18, 2010

12 Year Old Girl Arrested/Handcuffed For Doodling

This 12 year old girl who was arrested, and dragged out of school in handcuffs in front of her friends did not drop and 'f-bombs' or 'n-bombs'. She did not threaten to kill anyone, or even express any sort of negative emotion. She wrote "I love my friends Abby and Faith. Lex was here 2/1/10 :)". While I do not condone vandalism, it is hard to believe that not one person in the chain stopped and thought; 'are we really handcuffing and dragging a 12 year old school girl down to the police station and out of class for this?'.

"There was no profanity, no hate. Just the words, "I love my friends Abby and Faith. Lex was here 2/1/10 :)" scrawled on the classroom desk with a green marker.

Alexa Gonzalez, an outgoing 12-year-old who likes to dance and draw, expected a lecture or maybe detention for her doodles earlier this month. Instead, the principal of the Junior High School in Forest Hills, New York, called police, and the seventh-grader was taken across the street to the police precinct.

Alexa's hands were cuffed behind her back, and tears gushed as she was escorted from school in front of teachers and -- the worst audience of all for a preadolescent girl -- her classmates.

"They put the handcuffs on me, and I couldn't believe it," Alexa recalled. "I didn't want them to see me being handcuffed, thinking I'm a bad person."

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