‘A school that called the police on a six-year-old girl with Down syndrome after she pretended to shoot her teacher with her fingers has refused to back down and claims it did the right thing.
The girl’s mother, Maggie Gaines, had accused Valley Forge Elementary School in Pennsylvania of mishandling the incident last November.
Her daughter Margot had become frustrated in class and pointed her finger at the teacher and said ‘I shoot you’.
The school contacted Gaines and told her it was district policy that they report the incident to the local police force.The school district has since told CNN that police didn’t create criminal or juvenile records for Margot and defended its decision to look into the case.
‘Requesting a police consultation allows agencies to confer and use the information they have to plan for appropriate supports.
‘It is not the same as making a police report and asking for an investigation.’
The school didn’t request a further investigation after it found that little Margot didn’t intend to harm anyone.
Despite the response from the school district, Gaines has now said that it went ‘too far’ .
Gaines previously said that contacting police was a severe overreaction as it was clear Margot didn’t know what ‘I shoot you’ meant and was merely trying to convey her frustration.
‘She really didn’t understand what she was saying, and having Down syndrome is one aspect, but I’m sure all six-year-olds don’t really know what that means,’ the mother said.’