A father has been arrested, strip-searched and hauled in for questioning – all because his four-year-old daughter drew a picture of a gun at school.This is crazy. About half of all American households have guns. It is not a crime. It is not unusual. It is not dangerous. It is not contrary to social norms.
“I’m picking up my kids and then, next thing you know, I’m locked up,” Jessie Sansone, 26, told the Waterloo Region Record in Canada. “I was in shock. This is completely insane. My daughter drew a gun on a piece of paper at school.”
Sansone, a Kitchener resident, had arrived at Forest Hill public school to pick up his children when he was called to the principal’s office. Three police officers informed him he was being charged with possession of a firearm. Then he was escorted out of the school, handcuffed and locked in the back of a police car. ...
“I just think they blew it out of proportion,” his wife said. “It was for absolutely nothing. They searched our house upside down and found nothing. They had the assumption he owned a firearm.”
She added, “The way everything happened was completely unnecessary, especially since we know the school very well. I don’t understand how they came to that conclusion from a four-year-old’s drawing.”
Alison Scott, executive director of Family and Children’s Services, said the agency was required to investigate after the school reported the incident.
“Our community would have an expectation if comments are made about a gun in a house, we’d be obligated to investigate that to ensure everything is safe,” she said. “In the end, it may not be substantiated. There may be a reasonable explanation for why the child drew that gun. But we have to go on what gets presented to us.”
(Correction: A reader points out that this happened in Canada, where the subjects do not have the free speech rights, gun rights, and protections from searches that Americans have from the Bill of Rights.)
This incident is the result of an ideology where fathers are guilty until proven innocent, where teachers are required to report suspicions, where CPS investigates trivial complaints, and where police use public safety as an excuse to violate civil liberties.
Speaking of busybodies, I happened to see ABC TV Primetime: What Would You Do? last night. The show mainly consists of actors displaying anti-social behavior, and using a hidden camera to record the reaction of random busybodies. For example, last night showed someone eating more than one free food sample at a grocery store, and trying to provoke others into turning the eater into store management.
The also had a nanny calling a cute 10-year-old girl a "spoiled brat" on a public sidewalk. That provoked busybodies more than anything. The segment ended with the host saying, "On this day, virtually everyone else agreed, it is the child's best interest that matters most." I guess that is the slogan of busybodies everywhere.