Skip to comments.Mom arrested while trying to console special needs son in school
Posted on 03/23/2014 4:15:46 AM PDT by Altariel
Missouri resident Niakea Williams was at home, in bed when she got a phone call from Walnut Groves Elementary School. She was told that her son, Michael,who has Aspergers syndrome, was panicking. Niakea quickly head over to her sons school, got buzzed in, and immediately went to find Michael. As KMOV News 4 reports, what happened next has Ms. Williams furious.
Ms. Williams, though she had been buzzed in as a known parent by school officials, apparently broke protocol when she did not sign in before heading to Michaels classroom to console him. Williams admits this but feels she was justified, telling KMOV, I didnt sign the book, but I had to check on my son. She told the principal to bring the book to her and shed sign it, but the administrator had other ideas. Niakea recounts, She said, Oh no, Ive already called the police.
She had indeed called the police. Calverton Park Police showed up and put the school in a 12-minute lockdown due to an unauthorized entry to a school. Williams was arrested and taken to the police station on trespassing charges. This all despite her being a known parent at the school who actually had met with the principal just one day prior.
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Sue the living crap out of them.
The level of stupidity is striking. This petty dictator is so shocked that a parent placed her child’s needs over deference to the almighty principal’s bureaucratic nonsense that she called the police on a parent that the school called in? The mom needs an apology, and the tyrant needs a now job away from children. I’m sure the Obama administration is looking for someone just like her.
Change schools, then sue.
They’re nothing more than automatons - incapable of thinking!
The police should have refused to arrest her.
“You buzzed her in as a known parent. She is not trespassing because you admitted her entry.”
But, government employees would rather scratch the backs of fellow government employees, I suppose, than use common sense or logic.
Increasing numbers of reports indicate that our schools are being administered by blithering idiots.
Maybe not the whole story is not being told. I hate news reporting.
From someone who posted on the article that knows the mother. The mother’s a nut job according to the poster. With the story being one sided we really don’t know the truth. The poster’s reply below:
First of all that is an out right lie. This mother son is ED Emotional Disturbed and is not Autistic. The teacher did not call frantically. This mother has been an issue every since her children have attended Walnut Grove. She has threaten to stab a mother and has had conflicts with another family which led to the police and the family having a meeting on Wednesday.
I feel the news needs to investigate before putting anything on the air. Next time check the background of the parent before believing anything they say. She knows school and district policy. All she had to do was stop by the office and sign in. Also her son went outside and played while the police escorted her out of the building.
Yet another example of inability to think on the part of school officials. What idiots.
I saw a teacher and she said Ms. Williams what is wrong? I said something is wrong with Mikey and proceeded to go straight to my son, said Williams.
She got to her sons classroom and immediately started to console him. Then the school principal informed her she was violated school policy by not signing in.
I didnt sign the book, but I had to check on my son. You can bring me the book, She said oh no, Ive already called the police. You called what, said Williams.
Calverton Park Police responded to the call that came out as an unauthorized entry to a school. The school was also put on a 12-minute lockdown and a letter was sent home to parents.
They escorted me away from my son, who already has emotional distress. Four officers told me to turn around and put my hands behind my back, I was under arrest, said Williams.
The question is: what was in the letter sent home to parents?
By the way, either your commenter is a parent who knows *way* too much about another parent’s business (from information passed on, unlawfully, by a school employee or your commenter is a school employee who opens himself/herself up to a lawsuit from that disclosure.
debie flask (signed in using Hotmail)
First of all that is an out right lie. This mother son is ED Emotional Disturbed and is not Autistic. The teacher did not call frantically. This mother has been an issue every since her children have attended Walnut Grove. She has threaten to stab a mother and has had conflicts with another family which led to the police and the family having a meeting Wednesday. I feel the news needs to investigate before putting anything on the air. Next time check the background of the parent before believing anything they say. She knows school and district policy. All she had to do was stop by the office and sign in. Also her son went outside and played while the police escorted her out of the building. Also the students are on special permission to attend there.
There are no public schools, only Gulags!
The simple minded desperately need to stick to protocols. It prevents them from doing difficult things, like think and make sound judgments.
I work at a law firm where I helped them develop deposition and litigation protocols. I have to remind someone at least weekly that the protocols are a model, not a prison.
I’ve been called to school several times and I’ve always signed in, even when it was an emergency. There was no excuse for her not signing in. However, I don’t think it rises to the level of an arrestable offense, unless she’s been warned several times.
I would say that she probably caused her own arrest by how she talked and interacted with the police. Some people are belligerent with the police and that means if they have “discretion” - the police won’t use it in your favor.
But no ... this person doesn’t know “way too much” as anyone can tell you about other parents in these classes, especially if they stand out, as this mother obviously does. I know as much about some others in our school as this person does.
Bad for special needs kids -- lack of specialized care.
Bad for average kids -- teachers have to focus on kids with problems.
Bad for gifted kids -- special programs are made for troubled kids, no resources left for the gifted.
Bad for communities -- schools become totally dysfunctional.
No one in this story knew how to behave rationally. Because the situation was botched from the start. Mainstreaming doesn't work.
You can’t sue schools very easily. They have the system gamed.
The school’s just covering its ass in case someone pulls the same stunt and goes on a killing spree. The same people ready to sue now will sure as hell sue then.
The mother indicated her willingness to sign in. The school administration, despite *buzzing her in*, called and reported her for trespassing.
Even if she talked to/interacted with the police disrespectfully, she did not “cause her own arrest”. They *chose* to arrest her.
And yes, the person commenting does know way too much-—either they have so little to do in their own lives that they seek out gossip, or they are a nosy school employee who has nothing better to do on the taxpayer’s time than to seek out and air other people’s dirty laundry (if true).
And the taxpayers foot the bill (Huh. That seems to be a reoccurring theme....)
I tend to agree. This could well be a genuine case of school administrator bumbling and overreaction, or it could be that there’s a lot more to this story that hasn’t been reported. I think back to a few months ago when Yahoo ran a half-dozen stories about that waitress who allegedly got a “homophobic” message on a meal ticket receipt. Nobody at Yahoo bothered to question or even take a close look at the waitress’ version of events in that story, until it became obvious it was a complete hoax.
So, yeah, I’m gonna wait and see on this one. I don’t trust school administrators much, but I trust journalists even less.
By the way, I can guarantee you that there is at least one other parent in the school who enters *without signing in* (a spouse of a school employee, a parent *liked*/favored by the school administration.
All it takes is for witnesses to verify that Jane Doe/John Doe was in the building and to check the sign in log to see if he/she signed in to prove.
Walking past the office, going to the classroom and telling someone to bring the sign-in sheet - is not willingness to sign in.
The “buzzing in” has to happen with everyone - even those who will not be allowed past the office. You’re being buzzed in NOT for free access to the school, but you are being buzzed in to go to the office to “get the clearance” to go past the office.
I’ve seen stupid people interact with the police and they DO get themselves arrested. I’ve been around many such instances when another person would have walked away from a police encounter - and a “real stupid person” gets arrested. Usually I’m saying to myself ... “He’s going to get arrested!” And he does ... :-) ...
And no ... they don’t know too much, because certain types of people are mouthy and draw a lot of attention to themselves - and quickly get to be known by others around them.
She looks like the IDIOT she’s already demonstrated herself to be!
I’ve been “waved on” when I’ve come to the office before. But I did go to the office to sign in and I was given permission to “go on” from the office without signing in (that was one time). But note ... the purpose of going to the office is “getting permission” to proceed past the office. That’s the key item.
The school called her. The school buzzed her in. Mom has an open and shut case. It’s too bad that all the other parents will be paying for her lawsuit winnings via taxes, but that’s the price of strangling common sense with a staff of bureaucratic know-nothings.
No, whether a person is acting wisely or foolishly, in all cases, the police *choose to make an arrest*. Sometimes they choose wisely, and sometimes they choose foolishly.
And a parent in a free nation does not need to “get clearance” to attend their own child-—unless you believe that the child is the *property of the school* and that the parent requires *permission* to manage their own child’s affairs on school grounds.
Now, you could argue that this account demonstrates that we are not a free nation, but in that case, one would hope you wouldn’t defend the practice.
You should be bothered that you are justifying *getting permission from government employees* to see YOUR child on a conservative forum.
Besides, “school policy” is not written law, and the schools would do well to remember that the children are not their property.
She didn’t get “clearance” at the office to proceed past the office. The “buzzing in process” ONLY gets you to the office and NOT to the rest of the school. That’s the process that’s in effect for most schools. I’ve been through it many times - even when I’ve been called to come down, by the school.
I wouldn’t want it any other way - because I expect that school to protect the child that I have there.
White Parent? Sue the Government school system? Sue the local uniformed tax collectors? Sue the town?
Good luck with that one.
The school is legally responsible to protect those children while they are there. That’s something that all parents consider absolutely mandatory.
Americans have become a people comfortable in our fascism.
A parent who has their child in a school does not want ANYONE bypassing the office to go directly into the school proper WITHOUT permission being granted. And they take that position for the safety of their own child.
And which children, pray tell, are in danger from a mother who checks on her own child?
Until one checks into the office - no one knows that.
I conclude you must also believe that children are the property of the school, and belong to the school, not to the parents, during school hours.
“Increasing numbers of reports indicate that our schools are being administered by blithering idiots.”
But blithering idiots who not only have credentials but whose profession has full legal control of the monopoly on institutions that grant credentials. Institutionalize moron idiocy. (but I repeat myself)
The left must be defunded at every possible opportunity. If leftists can claim that they should never let a good crisis go to waste, so can we. Education is a walking crisis. Time to work towards abolishing government-run schools and the best way is through giving parents vouchers and allowing private schools to compete for the education money.
Gee...you would think yahoo would include such pertinent information in their article...
My bet is the principal had already called the police the second she was buzzed in...
Being pro-active knowing she was unhinged...
Okay Barney Fife. If you don't want parents, whom you know, to show up at school in a state of worry, don't call them and tell them there's something wrong with their kid and to come down and then expect them to not act like a worried mother.
Mama Bear/Cub. Don't get in the way Barney or you'll lose your ass - in this case via lawsuit.
Really, so the magic act of signing one’s name on a piece of paper makes a mother checking on her own child no longer a threat?
By the way, anyone who wished to harm children could at first avoid detection by *following official protocol to minimize suspicion*.
Which children, pray tell, are endangered by a mother who is checking on her own child?
The school called the mother in the first place and buzzed her in.
If they thought she was unhinged and a danger, they would not have buzzed her in.
The whole *point* of a buzzed in system is that you have the option of *not* buzzing someone in if the evidence suggests that someone means to harm others.
Apparently the idea that we must “break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities” is gaining traction on FR.
Don’t you realize that the students were in danger because a mother didn’t sign a magical piece of paper?
As I said before, the key is stopping at the office to get the permission to proceed past the office. And you’ll recall that I also said that I had been “waved on” once. But I always check in.
A “blur of a person” rushing past the office could be a killer or a murderer or a non-custodial parent who may be trying to steal the kid. That’s why all people are to stop by the office.
We have lost our collective minds in allowing these administrators this type of authority.
Used to be schools had entrances all over the building, that were always open during school hours.
Now they have turned them into jails. I am suprised that she didn’t get a cavity search before entry.