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Bust that 6-year-old

Little boy acts up & school calls cops

Six-year-old Jonathan Modesto may not be an angel - but he's no criminal either.
Yet when little Jonathan acted up in class last week, Brooklyn school officials called the cops.

"How can you call the cops on a 6-year-old?" said Rosemary Galarza, the boy's mother. "There was no reason for that," she said, adding Jonathan - who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - is having nightmares about the incident.

"He thinks he's going to jail every time he sees a cop," Galarza said.

The incident at Public School 217 in Ditmas Park took place last Wednesday, when Jonathan threw a tantrum in his kindergarten classroom, allegedly kicking a paraprofessional and an assistant vice principal.

The school principal, Franca Conti, allegedly told a school security guard to either watch Jonathan all day or call police.

Margie Feinberg, an Education Department spokeswoman, confirmed that police were called, adding that "the school is investigating the incident and the region is planning to meet with the parent."

Several PS 217 parents made similar accusations against Conti and her staff.

Viola Brown said school officials called the cops on her 8-year-old grandson, Kadeen Dryden, for throwing a tantrum and slamming a classroom door. Kadeen, who also has ADHD, was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

"It was ridiculous what they did," Brown said. "We took him out of the school. And I want my other three grandchildren out of here too."

School sources confirmed at least one more incident this school year when police were called, responding to a 5-year-old boy who was nipping at teachers' ankles. He was taken away in a stretcher, the sources said.

Galarza wants the principal ousted. She started a petition that has more than 200 parent signatures, and is also planning a protest outside the school.

"We need to remove the principal and get someone in there who truly cares for the kids and their education," Galarza said.

Conti declined comment.

~Linky lee

Are we noticing a trend here? Because if we're not, we should be. More and more kids (of color) are being tried as adults. Now more and more TODDLERS are having the cops called on them. They are conditioning minority children to believe they are "criminals" at younger and younger ages. They are telling our kids that they are "out of control" and need policing younger and younger. I'm waiting for them to bring back Eugenics and just institutionalize black babies from the moment they are born. We're getting closer. Keep thinking it's not a big deal. Then wait for someone to call the police on your 3 year old cousin.


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Jun. 25th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
I can't say I'm surprised, as my aunt (a school principal) just had to let a new teacher go because her automatic response to any issue was to call security. She couldn't control her classroom, and seemed to think that because the kids were black any aggression (this includes talking back) meant she was in danger. Mind you, she was teaching 7th grade. Part of the problem seems to be that Teach for America and groups like it are recruiting people that really have no business in a classroom.
Jun. 25th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
word to what you said about teach for america. i don't care how wide-eyed and idealistic you are and how much you think you can help inner-city kids, you need to be properly trained in education and child development before going into teaching. you also need to be prepared to stay in teaching for more than 2 years to really make a difference.
(no subject) - richirch2 - Jun. 25th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 25th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
This makes me angry. Soon they'll have the officers in the delivery room, ready to snatch us as soon as we're out the womb. Man, between this and the latest Washington Post installment my head is about to explode.
Jun. 25th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
These kids are bad. They shouldn't be kicking adults. If the parents can't control them, how the hell do we expect strangers to contol them? ADHD is a cop out. Probably some drugs they're taking are making them act crazy.

NOTE: Conti is a Latino name, and the kid is latino.
Jun. 25th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
"These kids are bad."

WTF is bad? And even if they are "bad," Bad doesn't equal criminal when you're a doggone toddler. A teacher that calls the cops on a 6 year old needs to get a new job.

"NOTE: Conti is a Latino name, and the kid is latino."

Well, it's a good thing I said "kids of color" and "minority children" then, isn't it? Especially given the same thing happened to a 5 or 6 year old BLACK girl.

Not that I expect any less from the brainiac who brought us "let the Africans worry buy Hotel Rwanda."
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Jun. 25th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
I think it's wrong for people to call the cops on children if you can't get a handle on the situation however this kid was acting up. He should know better than to kick a teacher and VP. Parents should take more responsibility in parenting. As far as having ADHD, some children are often misdiagnosed and not to say he doens't have it, maybe he does however people use that as an excuse for their bad behavior.
Jun. 25th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
"however this kid was acting up. He should know better than to kick a teacher and VP. Parents should take more responsibility in parenting."

Does this not go without saying though? Who thinks kids should be kicking teachers? Who would say a parent shouldn't take any responsibility?? You do realize this is like a subtle aggreeance, right?
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That's probably the story. . . - mendemama - Jun. 25th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jun. 25th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
a kindegartner threw a tantrum. it's what toddlers do!! they get tired, cranky, hungry, overstimulated, etc... and they throw tantrums. he wasn't acting up, he was acting out. like little kids do.
Jun. 25th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
He and his mother need a beatin.
Jun. 25th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
It amazes me that people find nothing wrong with this... but then again it doesn't. Many people didn't find anything wrong with sentencing 13 year od black kids to life in prison either.
Jun. 26th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)
Many people didn't find anything wrong with sentencing 13 year od black kids to life in prison either.

Or tasering unarmed black</b> women during routine traffic stops.
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Jun. 26th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
Who else is reminded of that "Arrest black babies before they become criminals" T-shirt?
Jun. 26th, 2006 11:49 am (UTC)
ADHD is quite serious, especially for children at that age.

It seems as if these "educators" are not at all equipped to handle kids with ADHD. Thus, they call the police on six-year olds who are just having a bad day.

I'm glad to hear that his mother is fighting back and is not ignoring this situation. All too often you hear about minority parents who are bit more removed from these kind of situations since they probably have their own "adult" problems.

In elementary school, a teacher of mine, Frog Face Freemen is what we called her, grabbed me by the hand and pulled me across the floor because I was talking when I shouldn't have been. We were sitting on the floor listening to some other teacher or whatever. My mom nearly got her fired. And I was put into another class. That was about ten years ago. It really was a big deal because she had no business putting her hands on me, even if I wouldn't be quiet. There are other ways to handle children who are misbehaving.
Jun. 26th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
PS 217 is 2 blocks away from my house. Viola Brown(not her real govt) is one of my homegirls and she was telling me about this very same thing today. Im starting to wonder what cracker jack box this lady got her teaching degree from that she felt it was okay to call the cops on a 6 year old boy.
Jun. 27th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
i think that black kids are very often not considered to be children at all anyway, just small but still scary black people, so this doesnt surprise me.
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