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Old 13th February 2020, 05:07 PM   #1
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Down Syndrome Finger Gun

Pennsylvania school that called the cops on a six-year-old girl with Down syndrome who made finger gun at teacher refuses to back down and says it did the right thing

Originally Posted by Daily Mail
A school that called the police on a six-year-old girl with Down syndrome after she pretended to shoot her teacher with her fingers has refused to back down and claims it did the right thing.

The girl's mother, Maggie Gaines, had accused Valley Forge Elementary School in Pennsylvania of mishandling the incident last November.

Her daughter Margot had become frustrated in class and pointed her finger at the teacher and said 'I shoot you'.

The school contacted Gaines and told her it was district policy that they report the incident to the local police force...
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-gun-down.html
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Old 13th February 2020, 06:42 PM   #2
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Bit of a non story tbf

Hopefully the cops just told them to tone down the paranoia even if it is written procedure

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The school contacted Gaines and told her it was district policy that they report the incident to the local police force.

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Requesting a police consultation allows agencies to confer and use the information they have to plan for appropriate supports.

'It is not the same as making a police report and asking for an investigation.'*

The school didn't request a further investigation after it found that little Margot didn't intend to harm anyone.**
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Old 13th February 2020, 07:14 PM   #3
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Just because she is required to report it to the police, there is no requirement they have to do anything about it.
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Old 13th February 2020, 07:47 PM   #4
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Sounds like one of those, given school shootings, damned if you do. Damned if you don't report everything things and the little chick got caught up in it.

Hopefully the cops will have a word about how discretion can sometimes be your friend
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Old 14th February 2020, 03:15 AM   #5
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Sounds like one of those, given school shootings, damned if you do. Damned if you don't report everything things and the little chick got caught up in it.

Hopefully the cops will have a word about how discretion can sometimes be your friend
This. Although, given the context of why this procedure would be in place I think it's more likely to be "You were right to follow procedure and make the report but I'm sure we can agree that no further action is necessary in this case".
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Old 14th February 2020, 06:23 PM   #6
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