In today’s hysteria over guns and potential school shootings, administrators at Valley Forge Elementary School in Pennsylvania called police on one of their students for a threat assessment.
The student in question? Margot Gaines, a 6 year-old-girl with Down syndrome who made her hand into the shape of a finger gun. The girl was questioned and police eventually concluded that there was no substantial threat.
The mother of a six-year-old girl with Down syndrome is fuming over the fact her little girl now has a police report on file.
This, after the girl’s mother, Maggie Gaines, tells CBSPhilly that the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District in Chester County overreacted when her daughter pretended to shoot her teacher with her finger.
The classroom incident dates to last November, 6-year-old Margot, a student at Valley Forge Elementary School, made the finger gun shooting gesture that triggered a disciplinary investigation by the school.
The Tredyffrin-Easttown School District called the probe it conducted a “threat assessment” – and told CBSPhilly that its policy mandated local police to be called.
Ultimately, the district’s threat assessment on little Margot concluded nobody was in harm’s way as a result of Margot’s statement and gesture, CBSPhilly reports. The girl’s actions were labeled a “transient threat,” which Gaines explained was an expression of anger.
Now the mother is the one who is angry because her daughter now has a police report on file as a result of the incident.
“I was fine with everything up until calling the police,” Gaines told CBSPhilly. “And I said, ‘You absolutely do not have to call the police. You know, this is ridiculous.’”