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    FL - Girl, 6, Charged With Felony For Kicking Teacher's Aide

    Girl, 6, Charged With Felony For Kicking Teacher's Aide



    POSTED: 7:25 am EDT May 31, 2006


    NAPLES, Fla. -- A 6-year-old special education student who kicked a Naples teacher's aide and spent several hours in juvenile jail is facing felony battery charges.

    Her mother, however, wants to know why the case has gone so far.

    Takovia Allen suffers from behavioral problems and attends a special class at Lely Elementary in Naples.

    According to an arrest report, on May 2 a teacher was trying to line up students to go to music class. Takovia refused to go and kicked the teacher's aide in the ankle.

    After a discussion among school officials and two law enforcement officials called to the school, the girl was arrested.

    Takovia was taken to juvenile jail and held there for several hours before being released to her mother.

    She is being charged with battery on a public education employee.

    It's possible she will enter a program that includes counseling. If she completes the program successfully the charges could be dropped.
    When my son was in kindergarten ,he accidentally tripped his elderly teacher; and she fell to the floor .
    Thank God it was the 70's before political "correctness"/zero tolerance.As it was , he came out of school that day white as a sheet and mortified . Had he been taken to jail , he could have been scarred for life ..
    They "jail" a six year old ;and a would be murderer sits at home after repeated attemps to murder a child .

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    Dear Lord, give me strength.

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    You know it is a shame when hard nose criminals are treated with "kid gloves" and a six year old that kicks a teacher's aid in the ankle is treated as if she has committed a homicide.

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    Good Gravy!!!

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    This is rediculous!!!

    Let's worry about and spend our money on the REAL criminals in the world, not a 6 year old special ed child!!

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    I seem to have a different take on this as others.

    The child has behavourial problems, and has displayed "violence towards" an authority figure. The teacher needs to have control of her students and their respect to do a proper job of a teacher. Especially in a "special needs" class when behavoir and conduct would be "challenging" for her to deal with.

    This was done in front of other students. if this child was allowed to do this without any consequences "the other students" may just feel that they can also.

    The child is held responsible for her conduct, lest she "harms" the teacher again, as now the teacher would be "seen as" a potential assault victim for just about anyone, as she did nothing when she was "harmed" the first time.

    The child would have no consequences of her actions, so she is more likely to do it again. Who knows this time with a "weapon".

    So the child is taken off to jail, where most likely she will be told "not to be violent" or use violence tor "solve our anger" or act out in anger and "harm" another person. Violence would not be seen as acceptable to "act" out when you feel hurt, angry, or do not want to do something your teacher wants and expects you to do.

    If this was another student, do you think that student and that particular students parents would say: Oh, that is O.K., this little girl is "allowed" to use violence at anytime against anyone and there will be no consequences to her actions.

    Who knows what is the history of his child. Who knows if this child has been violent towards others.

    Now she has learned that people will and do hold her responsible when she chooses to act in a violent and agressive manner. Hopefully she will learn this lesson. because if she does not get the "help and guidence" she needs, well one day, the consequences could be tragic and fatal for another person.

    Accidently tripping a K teacher is not agressive, violent or intentional and I am sure the student felt badly and espressed that to the teacher.

    This is a whole different story with this little "felon in the making".

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberLaw
    I seem to have a different take on this as others.

    The child has behavourial problems, and has displayed "violence towards" an authority figure. The teacher needs to have control of her students and their respect to do a proper job of a teacher. Especially in a "special needs" class when behavoir and conduct would be "challenging" for her to deal with.

    This was done in front of other students. if this child was allowed to do this without any consequences "the other students" may just feel that they can also.

    The child is held responsible for her conduct, lest she "harms" the teacher again, as now the teacher would be "seen as" a potential assault victim for just about anyone, as she did nothing when she was "harmed" the first time.

    The child would have no consequences of her actions, so she is more likely to do it again. Who knows this time with a "weapon".

    So the child is taken off to jail, where most likely she will be told "not to be violent" or use violence tor "solve our anger" or act out in anger and "harm" another person. Violence would not be seen as acceptable to "act" out when you feel hurt, angry, or do not want to do something your teacher wants and expects you to do.

    If this was another student, do you think that student and that particular students parents would say: Oh, that is O.K., this little girl is "allowed" to use violence at anytime against anyone and there will be no consequences to her actions.

    Who knows what is the history of his child. Who knows if this child has been violent towards others.

    Now she has learned that people will and do hold her responsible when she chooses to act in a violent and agressive manner. Hopefully she will learn this lesson. because if she does not get the "help and guidence" she needs, well one day, the consequences could be tragic and fatal for another person.

    Accidently tripping a K teacher is not agressive, violent or intentional and I am sure the student felt badly and espressed that to the teacher.

    This is a whole different story with this little "felon in the making".
    This "little felon in the making" is a 6 year old child with serious enough behavior issues to put her in a special education class. There most deffinitly should be consiquences for such actions. However the consequences should be appropriate. A school that has a class for children with serious behavior problems must have a discipline system in effect for said class. As it is not at all uncommon for students in special schools and classes with serious emotional / behavioral issues to be agressive. I hope and pray calling the police to take 6 years olds to jail is not there system. It is by no means acceptable to kick a teachers aid or to kick anyone. It is also It is equaly unacceptable to haul an emotionaly distrubed 6 year old off to Jail.

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    Cyber, there is a WORLD of difference between allowing this little girl to "get away with it" and charging her with a felony. None of us are saying that there should be no intervention here. Its plain, however, that she's got some mental deficiencies. Adults with low IQs are not held responsible, so why on earth anyone thinks that a six-year old with "behavior problems" should be charged in the criminal courts is beyond my comprehension. Get the kid (and her family) some help. That won't happen in the justice system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeana (DP)
    Cyber, there is a WORLD of difference between allowing this little girl to "get away with it" and charging her with a felony. None of us are saying that there should be no intervention here. Its plain, however, that she's got some mental deficiencies. Adults with low IQs are not held responsible, so why on earth anyone thinks that a six-year old with "behavior problems" should be charged in the criminal courts is beyond my comprehension. Get the kid (and her family) some help. That won't happen in the justice system.
    Right on!

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    I have a special needs stepchild, makes me sick how people just disregard these types of children. Obviously these people were not trained to handle "special" kids.


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    I am willing to "bet the farm" there is much more to this story that meets the eye. I am not so willing to say that this is unfair. I think much more has gone on with this child. JMO.

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    Alot of kids with special needs have issues transitioning from one activity to another and can becoming anxious. I would also bet that this teacher aide has absolutely NO training on how to redirect these children when this happens.

    That being said, to ARREST a 6 yr old for kicking is just ridiculous. I'm sure the school could have given this child an appropriate punishment. Give me a break.

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    I have a grandson in a special charter school for children with serious problems. Thank God for that school! The teachers, etc. there are trained to handle such problems when they occur (and they DO occur). Of course there must be consequences and surely no one would dispute that, but taking a 6 y.o. with problems to jail and talking about filing felony charges is just beyond the pale to me. If there is a reasonable explanation for what appears to be unreasonable actions on the part of the school in the article, I definitely want to hear it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjak
    This "little felon in the making" is a 6 year old child with serious enough behavior issues to put her in a special education class. There most deffinitly should be consiquences for such actions. However the consequences should be appropriate. A school that has a class for children with serious behavior problems must have a discipline system in effect for said class. As it is not at all uncommon for students in special schools and classes with serious emotional / behavioral issues to be agressive. I hope and pray calling the police to take 6 years olds to jail is not there system. It is by no means acceptable to kick a teachers aid or to kick anyone. It is also It is equaly unacceptable to haul an emotionaly distrubed 6 year old off to Jail.

    mjak


    You are so right. It seems to me there are a lot of ways this incident could have been handled. Putting a 6 yr old girl in detention shouldn't be one of them. I don't know if she would even have the understanding of what detention is all about. And charging her with a felony????? That is bizarre.

    Of course she shouldn't get away with kicking anyone but the punishment has to fit the age for pity sake.

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    What next? Try her as an adult?? It's apparent to me that this school/classroom is not equipped to handle special needs children with behavioral problems.

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