but don't blame the cops. This is probably just written SOP...no exceptions. Perhaps long ago it was permissible for a police officer to sit a youngster on his knee and give him/her a good talking to in a fatherly way and all would be better for everyone. Imagine if a cop tried that today.
Elementary School Student Arrested for Having Steak Knife
BY Steve Gehlbach
FOX 35 NEWS
An Ocala Elementary student took a steak knife to school in her lunch and instead of a suspension, her family says she got a ride in the back of patrol car.
The 10 year old now faces felony weapons charges.
According to a report from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, students sitting next to the girl at lunch last Thursday say she didn't threaten anyone with the knife; she just used it to cut up her steak.
A teacher spotted the knife with a 4 and a half inch blade at lunch in the Sunrise Elementary School cafeteria.
School administrators then called deputies to report a weapon on campus.
When deputies couldn't reach her parents, she was taken to a Juvenile Assessment Center.
The girl's uncle, Kenneth Thomas, who was called to the school instead, says the 10 year old had to ride in the back of a patrol car.
Captain Jimmy Pogue of the Marion County Sheriff's office says they didn't treat her like a criminal.
"I don't want people to feel like we're arresting 10 year olds, handcuffing them, and hauling them off in a back of a patrol car and taking them to jail," Pogue said. "That's not the circumstance."
Pogue says the report will be turned over to the State Attorney's office and they will decide if to follow up with the weapon's charge.
Let's see now. "Student Arrested"
"had to ride in the back of a patrol car."
"The 10 year old now faces felony weapons charges."
And "County Sheriff's office says they didn't treat her like a criminal"? Well then, just what the hell do they think the did?
If this goes to court I hope the judge throwes the prosecution out on it's @** and orders them not to be seen acting stupid in the vacinity ever again.