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More Stupidity From Educators.

Mobile-Schools-Crayons-ROHEach time we read something ridiculous happening in a public school, we keep thinking “it can’t get any worse than this.”

Each time we have been wrong and find that yes, the idiocy in some schools knows no bounds.

For our latest adventure, we head up to E.R. Dickson Elementary School in the Mobile County, Alabama School District where a five year old was forced to sign a “Mobile County Public Safety Contract” after a little girl drew what appeared to be a gun in class and then pointed a crayon at a classmate and said “pew pew.”

5-year-old Elizabeth was sent home after school officials made her take a questionnaire to evaluating her for suicidal thoughts, then had her sign the safety contract promising to contact an adult if she was thinking of suicide or homicide. This all happened while her mom waited in the lobby to pick her up, the upset parent told WPMI.

According to her mom, Elizabeth didn’t know most of the words on the contract she signed. “Suicide,” in particular, was a new one for her.

“Mommy, daddy, what is suicide?” Elizabeth’s mother [Rebecca] says she asked.

It gets worse.

My child interrupted us and said, ‘What is suicide mommy? Daddy what is suicide?” said Rebecca. “As a parent that’s not right. I’m the one should be able to talk to my child and not have someone else mention words like this in front of her at all.”

Rebecca is pushing to have the incident removed from her child’s record. She said school officials have requested Elizabeth see a psychiatrist.

She believes that is unnecessary.

For their part, the school district said they would look into the incident and the policy.

On Friday, [school system Superintendent Martha] Peek said that school safety issues “should be evaluated situation by situation.”

“We’re reacting to the parent’s concern and also looking at it as doing what we need to do that’s best for every age of the children in our school system — and that’s to make sure that what we do is developmentally appropriate,” she said.

Peek said that she wants to encourage anyone with a concern to bring it to the attention of school officials. “We want to interact and address those concerns,” she said. “We didn’t have an opportunity to interact with this before it became a media story. We’d like to have that opportunity to do that.”

The safety policy “will be reworked,” she said.

The instance of a kindergartner being asked to sign a contract “is very much an atypical situation,” Peek added. “We’ve not had a situation of this nature that I am aware of. We’ll work to make sure that we address this.”

While Peek’s promise sounds wonderful, it doesn’t address why the child was forced to sign a “contract” in the first place. It doesn’t address the idiocy of a kid playing and getting sent to a counselor’s office without the parent’s knowledge or participation. It doesn’t address why the mother was waiting for her daughter while this was happening. It doesn’t address why the school wanted the mother to seek psychiatric counseling for her daughter.

Most of all, it doesn’t address why in this school there was no one with a modicum of common sense asking “is this what we should be doing?”

Now the school district has released a statement on the event:

This past week, concern about the use of a personal safety protocol was brought to the attention of school and system administrators. Immediate action was taken to address the issue. As a result of a review, the protocol is being revised and the use of the related safety form has been discontinued.

During the review of the school use of the protocol, it was determined that the counselor who used the system protocol interacted with the student in a caring manner. The counselor had an age-appropriate conversation with the student and did not use the terminology on the personal safety form. The counselor met with the student’s mother to share the information regarding the interaction with the student.

The safety and well-being of our students is always a top priority. Parents are encouraged to communicate and work directly with their local school and the central office to expedite resolutions regarding the delivery of services and support.

If the counselor had an “age-appropriate conversation” with the child, but did not use the terminology on the safety form, why was the child told to sign the form? Is the school district really trying to say that the this “caring manner” in which the counselor interacted with the 5 year old meant signing a form the child did not understand? Is that “caring?” Playing on and taking advantage of the child’s ignorance while the mother waited for her daughter in the lobby of the school totally oblivious as to what was happening?

That is what the school calls “caring?”

We have said it before and will say it again, you have to be highly educated to act in such an ridiculous, uneducated manner.



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