'Threat assessment' protocol not mindful of special needs

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

police lights flashingAn incident at an elementary school in Pennsylvania involving an elementary student with Down syndrome pointed her finger like a gun at her teacher appears to be another case of good intentions causing problems.

According to Fox News, the teacher reported the incident to the principal after the angry six-year-old pointed her finger at the teacher saying, "I shoot you." Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania says a new policy gave the school no alternative but to call the police.

"They had just changed policy in 2018 after there were some anti-Semitic threats at the middle school, and unfortunately, they have no exceptions for those students with special needs such as the Down syndrome little girl," Gramley explains.

Gramley, Diane (AFA of Pennsylvania)Police have reassured the worried mother, Maggie Gaines, that her daughter will have no police record. And while that is good, Gramley says there is another concern.

"What is her school record going to show," the family activist wonders. "There's been no discussion I've seen where the school has said they will not include this in the little girl's record."

Valley Forge Elementary School officials have agreed to review its "threat assessment" protocol, according to Fox News.

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