Today's Edition of "This Just Makes My Butt Itch!"
They Are Locking Up 6-Year-Olds In Florida For Acting Like 6-Year-Olds.
Back around 2016 sometime, I was asked to assist patrol because they were all tied up on a major accident. A woman had called and said that she could not get her kid to get up and go to school and wanted an officer to come "tell her to get out of bed". I went over to the house expecting to deal with an out-of-control teenager who the parents are afraid of. You can imagine my surprise when I went into the bedroom and a 6-year old baby girl was hiding under the covers. Now, I call a 6-year-old a baby, because that exactly what they are!
I turned around and followed the "mom" back into the living room and kindly asked her if this was some kind of joke. To sum it all up, the baby had pooped her pants and was embarrassed and didn't want to tell her mom. I believe that the mother had been punishing the little girl when she had accidents, but she wouldn't admit it to me.
The mother of this child was simply tired or hungover, or whatever that morning and she didn't feel like parenting her offspring; so what did she do? She called the police on her baby girl for not minding her. Apparently, the State of Florida has adopted this method of dealing with babies and is perfectly happy with the results of their methods. As you can see in the video.
On February 4th, a school in Duvall County, Florida called the police on a 6-year-old child who was throwing a tantrum (by the sound of it anyway). The school, and their "social worker" the 50 pound, 3 1/2 foot tall child "was a threat to herself and others". So they went to their go-to tool for when they don't want to deal with a child...they had her mandatorily committed to a mental health facility for a 48-hour stay.
Basically, they threw a 6-year-old in jail for 2 days for acting like a 6-year-old.
Florida has what is called "The Baker Act", which, according to officials, "allows authorities to force such an evaluation on anyone considered to be a danger to themselves or others."
This law was designed for helping schools deal with out of control high school kids about 50 years ago. It has been warped into an excuse for schools to get rid of trouble kids, even in elementary school. Even in first grade.
Before I go any further here, I want to make something clear; the officers have no choice but to transport the children to the facility. They have no option. So for those that hate the cops, sorry, but you don't get to dump on us this time. This one is solely on the school district and the state.
The officers, as seen on their body camera video, are understandably frustrated. One of them even says it like it is; "I think it's just more of them not knowing how to deal with it".
Now, amigos, I'm going to be as honest with you as I possibly can right now. Trust me when I say this because I have never meant anything more in my entire life... If someone at a school called the cops on my baby, with or without even calling me, and they took my child from me for 2 days and locked them up...I would go to jail. I might even go to prison. I might end up as Bubba's Big-Booty'd Bath-time Buddy on Cell-block C. But I promise this, I would remove the ability of some people to continue to function as upright humans.
And this is nowhere near the first time this sickening practice of locking up little kids has taken place:
In 2018 in Cocoa, Florida, a 12-year-old boy with autism was taken to a facility in a police cruiser. It was the boy's first day in middle school and during a meltdown, he scratched himself and then made a suicidal reference.
The number of children involuntarily transported to a mental health center in Florida has more than doubled in the last 15 years, to about 36,000, according to a 2019 report by the Baker Act Reporting Center.
So, as much as I love the Sunshine State, the beaches, the weather, the theme parks, and the bikinis, this is some really messed up stuff. They are hurting children. Would your 6 year old ever forget something like that? I know mine wouldn't.
The law has its uses. It’s a good tool to have, and should not be eliminated; however, it must be ratified to correct the abuses of it.
Y'all hug your kids today.