You’ve already started to panic. Now imagine your kid is special needs.
The parents of special needs children have even greater challenges in childrearing, so when Niakea Williams of Missouri got the phone call from Walnut Grove Elementary School and was told that her son, Michael, who has Asperger’s syndrome, was panicking, she quickly headed over to his school.
Once there, she got buzzed in, and immediately went to find Michael. But as KMOV News 4 reports, it is what happened next that has Ms. Williams furious.
Though Williams had been buzzed in as a “known parent” by school officials, because she is said to have broken protocol by not signing in before heading to Michael’s classroom to console him, the school called the police who, in turn, placed her under arrest.
Williams admits her mistake, but feels she was justified, and told KMOV, “I didn’t sign the book, but I had to check on my son.” She asked the principal to bring the book to her so she could sign it, but the administrator had other plans.
“She said, ‘Oh no, I’ve already called the police,’” Niakea recounts.
And that she had. Calverton Park Police showed up and put the school in a 12-minute lock-down due to an “unauthorized entry to a school.”
Williams was handcuffed, arrested, and taken to the police station on trespassing charges. No matter that she was a parent known to the school; a mother who had actually met with the principal just one day prior.
Thanks to Yahoo News.com for excerpts of this story.