Queens girl Alexa Gonzalez hauled out of school in handcuffs after getting caught doodling on desk

A 12-year-old Queens girl was hauled out of school in handcuffs for an artless offense - doodling her name on her desk in erasable marker, the Daily News has learned.
Alexa Gonzalez was scribbling a few words on her desk Monday while waiting for her Spanish teacher to pass out homework at Junior High School 190 in Forest Hills, she said.
“I love my friends Abby and Faith,” the girl wrote, adding the phrases “Lex was here. 2/1/10” and a smiley face.

Read more: nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/2010/02/05/2010-02-05_cuffed_for_doodling_on_a_desk.html#ixzz0eiMh2cX7

I think if Obama wanted to take this opportunity to call the whole situation stupid he’d find a lot less backlash.

Stupid is the right word for this situation. She drew on a desk. Not even the stupid of offensive things you find on most of them either. So get her to wash it off and give her a speech about “respecting property” and such.

But handcuffs? And taken to the police station, for several hours? Just ridicules.

Back in the old days, I bet the girl would’ve simply been taken to detention, and be made to stay after school to clean the desk. It’s almost like teachers and school property are treated as “untouchables” and kids treated too much like “little adults”. I doubt kids that age and younger even really comprehend that teachers are state employees and material (including desks) is state property. I know I didn’t (at least fully) at that age. Kids wouldn’t think “Oh, I’m ‘destroying’ state property by scribbling on a desk.”. They think, “I’m bored…”.

I dont know the whole situation but as a former teacher there could have been reason to call the police. Since kids cant be diciplined these days they can be very abusive to the teachers, yes, even a 12 year old. Maybe she refused to stop and was becoming very buligerent and even threatening physical violence to the teacher. Maybe she refused to leave the class even when the administor or principal requested it. Maybe the handcuffs went a little to far but some cities require everyone, and everyone would include even a 12 year old, to be handcuffed even if they are not charged. School teachers and administrators are not allowed to even touch a student let alone physical removal from class. They are in fear of a lawsuit or even criminal charges being filed against them. And the kids know this so some take advantage of this. Maybe they have been told at home that "that teacher better not lay a hand on you or I will------." As I said, I dont know the situation but these are but a few of the scenarios that could have taken place. I have seen these things happen over the years I taught and the lack of dicipline, lack of respect, and moral decline are only a few of the reasons our schools are in such bad shape today. It is not like when we were in school. Just my thoughts which dont count for much, but it feels good to express them.

This is a good part of the problem.

What do you want to bet the parents will sue the school over this? I can see it coming. There is such a thing as taking it to far in the other direction. It appears that it could easily apply in this case.

I would sure sue if that happened to my kid.
I would also pay to have the desk cleaned.

Sounds like possibly could be more to this story than what was reported to the public. So many kids are not taught to respect teachers and/or school property.

That is so totally ridiculous! I used to draw on my desk all the time as a kid! Who didn’t? If we forgot to clean it up, they just made us stay after class and do it.

This girl had to have had something else going on to even warrant this treatment. I just can’t believe how ridiculous this situation is.

We’re looking at the facts," said City Education Department spokesman David Cantor. “Based on what we’ve seen so far, this shouldn’t have happened.”
“Even when we’re asked to make an arrest, common sense should prevail, and discretion used in deciding whether an arrest or handcuffs are really necessary,” said police spokesman Paul Browne.

Seems like if there was more to the story, Mr. Cantor wouldn’t have admitted that it “shouldn’t have happened.”

In the story there were quite a few instances of minors being hauled off in handcuffs for the same reason.

Exactly, if you check out the related news you’ll find this article which gives more info.

Don’t blame me, says principal who called for the arrest of Queens girl, 12, for doodling on desk

Education officials say it was a “mistake,” but the principal of a school where a 12-year-old girl was arrested and cuffed for doodling on her desk won’t back down, the student’s mom said Friday.

Alexa Gonzalez no longer faces a suspension for scribbling with a lime green marker, but principal Marilyn Grant told her mother, Moraima Camacho, that agency policy dictated that she calls the cops.

“[She said] that it wasn’t their fault that it was something they had to do,” Camacho said of her meeting with Grant at Junior High School 190 in Forest Hills. “She doesn’t consider it doodling.”

A message left for Grant was not returned.

After Alexa scribbled her name, the date and a smiley face on her desk during a Spanish class on Monday, her teacher reported her to an assistant principal, who placed a call to cops, city officials said.

The cops arrested Alexa, escorting her out of the school with her hands behind her back in metal handcuffs, Camacho said.

City Department of Education spokeswoman Margie Feinberg called the episode a mistake. “The principal made a mistake and has lifted the suspension,” she said.

Though other students have been arrested for petty wrongdoings, this was the first time the city admitted to an error, said New York Civil Liberties Union executive director Donna Lieberman.

“This should be a wakeup call to the mayor,” she said. Teachers, students and parents at the school agreed Friday. “I definitely think it was excessive for this girl to be handcuffed,” said a teacher at the school .

The NYPD is expected this month to start using Velcro handcuffs to subdue unruly kids following a pilot program in 22 schools in northern Queens.

It’s school policy to call the cops for doodling?:ehh:

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