A Stockton, California student was handcuffed with zip ties on his hands and feet, forced to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and was charged with battery on a police officer. That student was 5 years old.
According to the CDC 11% of children 4-17 years of age have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD. If this is how the state chooses to deal with the 6.4 million children, and counting, that have been diagnosed with ADHD, society is in big trouble.
Michael Davis is one of the 6.4 million children that have been diagnosed with ADHD. His mother says it has led to fights at school. But when the school district said it had a plan to change Michael’s behavior, his mother says things went wrong.
Michael Davis is a five year old child, filled with energy and his behavior is not atypical of children who’ve been diagnosed with ADHD. According to Thelma Gray, Michael’s mother, “Michael is energetic, he is one big ball of energy.”
Gray calls Michael a comedian. She says his biggest problem is his ADHD stops him from thinking before he acts or speaks.
“He’s very loving,” Gray said. “He’s a good kid and he’s not the discipline problem that he was made out to be.”
However, the Rio Calaveras Elementary School in Stockton, felt their only means of quelling the behavior of this 5 year old was to involve the police, which resulted in the brutal treatment of a special needs child.
This line of thinking that led to the school involving the police is not uncommon; in fact it is becoming commonplace to see students being cuffed, abused, and even tased at schools across the country by overzealous police officers apt to escalate many peaceful situations into violent ones.
Sadly Michael’s mother doesn’t want so much as an apology from the state, she simply wants the school district to help her “get Michael the education he’s entitled.”
It is this entitled mentality that has led to such a sad state affairs in the first place. The centralized planning of education is a key factor that perpetuates a populace dependent upon state institutions and an unapologetic subservience to the very system that enslaves said populace.
The problem with this system is that if all else fails, all situations inevitably end up with the state enacting violence, even against 5 year old boys with special needs.
Unfortunately this use of violence is no longer being held back as a last resort. Far too many situations these days are quickly escalated to violence, by the ones claiming to keep the peace, and tragedy inevitably ensues.