Missouri Mother Arrested For Consoling Special Needs Son at School
A concerned mother trying to console her special needs son at his school was put in handcuffs and caused the school to be put on lockdown.
The incident took place last Thursday (March 20) when Missouri resident Niakea Williams received a call from a teacher at Walnut Groves Elementary School telling her that her son, who has Asperger’s syndrome, was panicking.
“I was lying in bed when I received a frantic phone call from the teacher, Michael was panicking,” said Niakea Williams.
Williams quickly headed over to her son’s school where she was buzzed in and immediately went to find her son.
“I saw a teacher and she said ‘Ms. Williams what is wrong?’ I said something is wrong with Mikey and proceeded to go straight to my son,” said Williams
Though she was a “known parent” by school officials, apparently she violated school policy by bypassing the guest sign-in.
“I didn’t sign the book, but I had to check on my son. You can bring me the book,” she said to the school’s principal. “She said ‘Oh no, I’ve already called the police.’ ‘You called what?’,” said Williams.
Calverton Park Police responded to the call that reported an “unauthorized entry to a school.” The school was also put on lockdown for 12 minutes and a letter was sent home to parents.
“They escorted me away from my son, who already has emotional distress. Four officers told me to turn around and put my hands behind my back, I was under arrest,” said Williams.
The St. Louis County mother was arrested and taken to the police station on trespassing charges.
Williams feels her arrest was unnecessary because school officials knew her. In fact, she had just visited the school one day prior to the incident to meet with the principal about a separate issue.
“I feel like today I got arrested for being a concerned parent of my child,” said Williams.
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