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).
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