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6yo Boy Kidnapped from School By Police, Locked in Psych Ward for 3 Days — for Temper Tantrum

“It felt like my child had been kidnapped,” she said. “I can’t even hug my kid and tell him it’s going to be okay.”

Jacksonville, FL — For throwing a temper tantrum, 6-year-old Nicholas, who has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, was kidnapped from his elementary school by police and imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital.

Nicholas was held, including multiple stints in a ‘seclusion room,’ for three days at River Point Behavioral Health.

According to Buzzfeed, “River Point Behavioral Health is a troubled unit of the nation’s largest psychiatric hospital chain, Universal Health Services. UHS was the subject of a recent BuzzFeed News investigation, which found that current and former employees from at least 10 of the company’s hospitals in nine states said they were under pressure to fill beds by almost any method and to hold patients until their insurance payments ran out. Nicholas was covered by Medicaid, the government insurance program.”

Once admitted to the hospital, the staff stayed true to their tendency of holding patients and did everything they could to use the state to force Nicholas to stay. This was in spite of his parents’ demands to let him out.

“I didn’t want him to be there at all,” Nicholas’ mom told BuzzFeed News, adding that she immediately asked the facility to release her son because he was so young and didn’t need to be there.

“It felt like my child had been kidnapped,” she said. “I can’t even hug my kid and tell him it’s going to be okay.”

At River Point, as reported by Buzzfeed, Nicholas would be given a bloody nose by another child, get locked in a “seclusion” room at 3 in the morning, and wait more than 24 hours to see a psychiatrist, according to medical records provided by his parents.

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His parents asked at least three times to take their son home — every time, they were denied.

“The Baker Act is supposed to confine really mentally ill people who are dangerous — and a kid who has a temper tantrum is not a danger to the public,” said Stephen Talmadge, a lawyer and psychologist who specializes in that law and who reviewed documents from Nicholas’s case, according to Buzzfeed. ”What is the kid going to do, bite a stranger?”

When Nicholas’ parents finally got to see their son, he’d been put through so much torment and stress that he couldn’t make eye contact or even talk.

“He was out of his mind, we didn’t recognize him,” said his father. “It was hard to leave him there — you wanted to just grab him and run out of the facility with him.”

As Buzzfeed reports, this little boy, who the state deemed a threat to society was nothing of the sort. After he was finally released from the hospital, he went back to his kind and loving self.

On a recent warm December day at a playground in Jacksonville, Nicholas was dressed in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-shirt and blue jeans, his skin bronzed from the Florida sun. He kissed his mother and ran off to play.

At one point, Nicholas bumped into a smaller boy on the swing set and looked startled when the boy fell down and began to cry. Nicholas ran and hid under the slide.

But then he emerged and approached the boy. They began taking turns tossing a ball at a hoop in the corner of the playground. Soon, they were laughing.

The 55lb, 4′ tall 6-year-old, as described above, is the same person police, school officials, state officials, and state-funded psychiatrists all felt was a threat to society.

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What this case illustrates is the dependency upon the state to resort to the use of police and force to solve problems previously solved by councilors and parents.

As the Free Thought Project previously reported, according to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Education and published by NBC News, in the 2011-2012 school year, teachers called the cops on students a total of 31,961 times in the state of California alone, leading to 6,341 arrests.

If a 6-year-old boy was taken by police from a school and locked in an isolation room in the 90’s, you can rest assured that this would not fly. Instead, it has become the go-to approach in the land of the free.

In May, we reported on the video showing a San Antonio Independent School District police officer body slam a 12-year-old girl. In February, the Free Thought Project brought you the story of the Baltimore School cop who was seen beating a student who had done nothing wrong.

In fact, recent videos have revealed a myriad of school cops attacking unarmed students. In December, Officer Rigo Valles was cleared of any wrongdoing after grabbing a student by the neck and slamming him to the floor. In October, Richland County Deputy Ben Fields was fired after students recorded him flipping over a girl’s desk and dragging her across the floor. Oklahoma City Master Sgt. Thomas Jaha was charged with assault and battery in October as well, after repeatedly punching a student in the face for not having a hall pass.

In November 2015, prosecutors agreed to dismiss assault charges against Louisville Metro Police Officer Jonathan Hardin for punching a student in the face if the former officer completes anger management classes. Hardin still faces wanton endangerment, official misconduct, and assault charges for choking another student unconscious in a separate incident five days later. In separate incidents earlier this year, school cops have also been caught attacking an autistic boy, body-slamming a child, and raping nearly two dozen students.

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And these are the ones the public knows about. How many more incidents, just like this one, go unreported and unpunished?

What this data illustrates is the societal dependence on the state to solve matters that should be handled without government. Being dependent upon the state to solve one’s problems is a de facto dependency upon violence.

“The State represents violence in a concentrated and organized form. The individual has a soul, but as the State is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence.” -Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

If you truly want a glimpse into the horrid effects of the police state on all school children, take a scroll through our archives, at this link.

Until people wake up to the reality of relying on a system of violence to maintain “order” and behavior compliance, we can expect this problem to get worse.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. and now on Steemit
  • john smith

    any other person would have had their kid taken if you locked a kid in a room for three days
    these people are insane

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Seems the ones wearing white smocks need them changing for straight jackets.

  • doucyet

    “It felt like my child had been kidnapped,”

    He was my dear, and the sooner we all realize the police state we’re living in the sooner we’ll be able to combat it.

    • European≠Nationality/Ethnicity

      He was your dear?

      I suppose you meant “He was, my dear,” and the sooner we all recognize the importance of punctuation, the sooner we’ll be able to avoid unnecessary ambiguity.


      • doucyet

        Grammar Police! Where does it all end? You should able to keep yourself very busy on comment driven pages such as these…….Thanks for the lesson!


        • European≠Nationality/Ethnicity

          Punctuation is not grammar. Seems like there are a lot of lessons you still need to learn.

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          • doucyet

            Thank you! Now run along and play policeman if you have nothing else to contribute.

          • European≠Nationality/Ethnicity

            Policeman? lol There was a huge discrepancy between what you wanted to say and what you ended up saying.
            All I did was point that out and show you how to avoid it.
            You should be more grateful and not so defensive, my less educated contemporary. You’re welcome.

          • doucyet

            I said what I said and most people were able to understand that without being the boorish snob you have proven yourself to be. So again, run along and take your superior attitude with you. Your welcome!

          • European≠Nationality/Ethnicity

            You have no idea how many people have read it and how many of those have understood it, so your assessment that “most people were able to understand” it is based on nothing factual.
            Once again, instead of displaying a child-like defensive mentality, you should be grateful that someone took the time out of their life to educate you on the importance of correct punctuation.

          • doucyet

            And you oh superior one, can not prove that most people did not understand it.
            Please, take no more time out of your life helping others that clearly don’t want and or need your help, move along now.

          • European≠Nationality/Ethnicity

            Want? I don’t know.
            Need? You clearly needed it.
            It’s ok, bro. Regardless of what you say, we both know you learned something. Now move along and utilize this new knowledge wisely.

          • doucyet

            And you learned something as well. Move along now, and you do the same!

      • Geezer Grunt

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  • Guy

    My daughter in-law, is a teacher in a middle school special education class. She has told me many stories of what has happened to her, hit, bit, punched, kicked and things thrown at her, as the result of her being involved with thouse children as a teacher. Some of these kid’s are the size of adults, very strong, and can lash out if not give there way, to the point of hurting themselves and others around them. Others can be “runners,” who will bolt out of the door and be gone in a heartbeat, if given the chance. While some require multiple aids and constant supervision, others are confined to wheelchairs and non verbal. All require that special touch of compassion she can give, and the warmth from her heart, that compels her to teach thouse children, that are often put into dark rooms closets and warehoused for lack of understanding, funding and parents, who could care less, rather letting the State be the nanny for them, by turning a blind eye ! Her job, is to teach these children Life Skills, so they can at least function when they are released by the State at 18, and the State has fulfilled it’s obligation !

    Did a State “kidnap a child”, maybe !? Did the child deserve it for throwing a temper tantrum, NO !? Was the State, overreaching its bounds as far as it’s concern for children, NO !? INMHO, It’s better to error on the side of the child, rather to not, because if it had not, then it could have resulted in a possible disaster or worse, for this little boy. The Court will straighten this out, along with the attorney for the child, mom, and the agencies involved. Unfortunately this happens, from time to time, and some will call it a police state, as the result. Me ? I don’t, because I have seen what comes when thouse whose job is to protect these kids, don’t do it, and as a Dad and long time soccer coach of little kid’s, recognise the needs of the many children that
    do !

    • Rogue cops cost us money

      Then why should the parents have to hire a lawyer to protect their kid from state???

      • Guy

        Because, the alternative is to horrible to even think about !

    • philip.dennany

      A 7 year old – not a teen. The child needs adult attention and training, not abusive overreach. The parent is often the real blame for improper child rearing(?), regardless, 3 days detention, no matter the problem offense, was not the appropriate action, and should be vigorously challenged for correction.

      • Guy

        I agree, that 3 days was excessive in this particular case. Is it the parents fault? Probably not.
        As I said, unfortunately this dose and will happen, due to a imperfect system, run by imperfect people, as the CPS often shows !

        Fortune for all that we have a court system, that will decide the outcome, rather if was like some other places in the world, where they just take you child away and you never see them again !

        • AN1957

          You have way too much faith in our court system and BTW saying that “other places in the world” are worse is completely irrelevant to the situation that we are discussing.

          • Guy

            What do you suggest this Mother is to do ? Take justice in her own hands ? As to the irrelevance of what occurs in other countries and places. I was only using that as a point of reference. Are you aware that they finger print and book for arrest, children as young as 18 months old in Pakistan, for family crimes committed by older members of the family, but because of there code of laws, all members are as guilty as the one who committed the crime ?
            But I guess according to you, that is to “Irrelevant” and obscure for it to have anything to do with this. Yeah Right !! Just as long as it happens to someone or someplace else, you’re okay with it !

  • R Craig

    I’d find a damn good lawyer sue the school district ,county,and state. And with the crooked laws and state representatives I’d win.


    Stop sending kids to schools!

  • form

    F*ck*ng Christ! Now, if the kid does go Mad later in life, these same thugs will blame it on his “chemical imbalance”. Kid, if you’re reading this, YOU DID NOT DESERVE TO BE KIDNAPPED and YOU ARE NOT A “THREAT” OR A “BURDEN”. In a way, you’re lucky. You’ve learned a very important lesson early in your life – NEVER TRUST PSYCHIATRY.

  • Don Unruh

    It’s Florida. Land of crazies with Texas a close runner up.

  • FiuToYou

    I almost can’t stand hearing any more of this shit. If I lived in America I’d be dead from retaliation!!

  • DREZ

    This is appalling. Roll back the clock and consider that the people who are changing our society, making a schoolyard brawl, a child’s tantrum, a teenager’s bad choice punishable by incarceration, ridiculously harsh punishments like charging minors as adults, were not brought up or punished to the same degree themselves, but feel it necessary to dole out these abuses to current and future generations. Only 30 years ago, a schoolyard brawl or tantrum meant a visit to the principal’s office for the kids involved, an apology and maybe a handshake. Our teachers didn’t call the police. Teacher’s didn’t think they were doctors by telling parents their child is ADHD requiring pharmaceuticals, they sent them home to their parents. I would understand a teacher refusing a disruptive child to the point where the school could refuse attendance, but this? An innocent, six year old child? How uncivilized. In my day, the police were your friend. They came to school to talk about safety rules and ensure you knew they are approachable. We would run up to them on the streets hoping they had time to talk to us. Today our police are equipped with military issue that’s used against civilians. The USA is one of the last countries I’d call “the land of the brave and free” when a great many police commit heinous crimes “because I feared for my life” against unarmed citizens. Even once some of them are found guilty, they don’t go to jail like the rest of us. They get paid leave or maybe fired. Thankfully, the www has been an eye opening experience for much of the world. How can we expect children to make good choices when the adults are setting such poor examples?

  • Hugh Culliton

    Kind of like civil asset forfeiture – but with your kids. That’s fucked-up!

  • willynilly

    not surprised by this


    Undisciplined parents can not discipline anyone, especially and including their own children. But some of these miss-behaving little micro-terrorists should have a padlocked top placed over their crib from childhood.

    • Kanye Beadly

      Are you seriously defending the heinous actions of the police and psych hospital? And to call an innocent child a “micro-terrorist”? Disgusting. You’re as psycho as the cops to think that. It’s crazy how much more brutal American society has become in the last few years. I wasn’t the best behaved kid ever when I was that age just over 10 years ago (I have ADHD too and had my share tantrums as well) and never had the cops called on me. People call the cops for everything these days when they would have just dealt the situation themselves without the unecessary escalation. Lastly, even if the child was that disturbed with a serious mental illness, it’s still wrong to institutionlize them against their parents’ will and without their consent.

      • TOPDOG1

        Whine all you wish. You are way off target here. Nor are you correct. I (mostly)agree. However;If you met some of the snotty little bastards that I have, you would change your mind. That also applies to adults as well.Your generalizations of my presumed commentary intent as well as your conclusions should in not, in any way, be considered valid. I will not concur your obviously biased, tangential as well as schizophrenic interpretation of my comment. The police only delivered him to the psych hospital, where very many should be taken instead of jail..They showed good judgement that he was taken to a medical facility where he could receive professional help and not taken to jail and thrown into solitary confinement. Perhaps you should consider checking back in for several weeks at your local psych hospital.

        • Kanye Beadly

          And what qualifies you as an authority on this matter as you seem to think you are? I am giving my 2 cents while you try to paint yourself as an expert. You clearly don’t have kids judging by the deep, vicious hatred you seem to harbor for them. And I hope you never do because you clearly lack the temperament to be a parent judging by your haughty, arrogant attitude and the fact that you believe in embarassing an innocent child for something outside of his control by marching him out in front his the whole class in a straitjacket (learn how to spell) for having a disability/mental illness. BTW, according to the article. the child WAS placed in solitary confinement while in the mental hospital. Of course they wouldn’t put him in jail because he didnt break any laws. Police should never have been involved in the first place as, again, the poor child didn’t break any laws. A child throwing a tantrum is unpleasant but not illegal. Whichever teacher called the police needs to be fired and the parents should sue the school district and get them to pay for the treatment of potential PTSD from the traumatic experience. As I already said, the decision to institutionlize a patient is that of the parents, next-of-kin, or a trained pychiatrist, not police officers who have neither mental health expertise nor know the patient. And you have also demonstrated yourself as a poor writer with your convoluted OP that I still believe I interpreted correctly (that you disagree with the article and think the school and police did the right thing). But you have contradicted yourself multiple times during this conversation so you seem to need the psych hospital more than me. Firstly, in your OP, you start by railing against kids and their parents sounding like the stereotypical conservative old person with your complaints about lack of discipline in parenting today. Then, you end your OP with “No one can recieve an education at the threat of law or the point of a gun.” which suggests that you agree with the article that there is too much police presence in schools which is in contrast with your previous conservative stance. Then, you start your reply to my comment by saying that I am all wrong followed by “I (mostly)agree with your comment.” follwed by a whole paragraph doing the opposite (completely disagreeing with everything I said). You changed your stance 3 times in 3 sentences.

          • TOPDOG1

            Who made you the expert on experts, the Association of Assholes”? Who are you anyway, the N.S.A.?