School Put on Lockdown After Mom Hugs Son Without Permission​

Empty ClassroomThere are enough crazy people out there wandering around that I'm generally very appreciative of school safety procedures and guest policies. Most schools these days require non-staff adults to sign in at the office, and many require some form of identification as well.

But occasionally things get taken too far -- like when Niakea Williams was called to her son's elementary classroom to comfort him. Michael is a special needs student with Asperger's syndrome, and he was beginning to panic, so his teacher frantically called his mom to come soothe him. Williams ended up in handcuffs, and Walnut Groves Elementary School in St. Louis was put on lockdown.

Williams is a known parent at the school, so she was buzzed in right away. She saw a teacher, who immediately took her to her son. While she was consoling Mikey, the principal showed up and informed her that she had violated school policy by not signing in before rushing to comfort her child.

She asked that the book be brought to her so she could sign it but was informed that it was too late and the police had been called.

The school was put on a 12-minute lockdown, and a letter was sent out to parents informing them of the "unauthorized entry" to the school. Geez, can you imagine getting that note in your inbox and having a panic attack that an intruder had made their way onto your kid's campus?

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Williams was arrested and taken to the police station on trespassing charges, which she feels was completely unnecessary, especially given that she had met with the principal the day before about another issue.

So let's examine this -- a known parent of a special needs student, who had met with the school principal the day before, was arrested because she hugged her son before she signed the guest book? Does this seem a little nutso to anyone else?

It's one thing to have solid safety procedures in place, but sometimes a little common sense and discretion is important. You know, like maybe when you have a panicking autistic child of a known parent that just needs some quick TLC from mom.

Do you think the school overreacted here?


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nonmember avatar Alexandra

Of course it was an overreaction! A teacher shows her to her kid, but she didn't sign in and the school knows her so they do the 'smart' thing and call the police. Geeze and they actually teach.

Fred Hundt

I think the principal should be arrested, just to make clear the principle! I've had a special needs kid and made that panic-stricken trip to the school.

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

That's bull! Safety is one thing. But those students aren't suddenly government property once they enter the building. And how is it "unauthorized" when the request to come was put in by a teacher?! They knew her, requested her arrival, recognized her, buzzed her in, escorted her to the classroom and say the mother did anything wrong?!?! Arrest the person who buzzed her in and didn't sign her in. Arrest the teacher that took her to the classroom with no name tag or visitor pass or whatever they require. This mother did nothing wrong.

Ajack324 Ajack324

Omfg... Sounds like the principal has power issues, not to mention an extreme lack of common freaking sense. What an idiot.

Elaine Cox

the public school system at work

Alaina Quist

This is si stupid I want to slap this principle

Rebec... Rebecca7708

Wow. The principal was obviously on a power trip. That is absolutely ridiculous.

tbruc... tbrucemom

This is so ridiculous but unfortunately there are countless stories of public schools acting without common sense. I would remove my child immediately and consider a lawsuit.

youth... youthfulsoul

Omg the lack of commence sense these days by schools is appalling.

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