imageSo, a twelve year old was handcuffed and detained for writing on her desk. But before the little overactive hippie civil libertarian in you gets all crazy up in arms about it, look at the foul language she wrote:


Alexa Gonzalez was scribbling a few words on her desk Monday while waiting for her Spanish teacher to pass out homework at Junior High School 190 in Forest Hills, she said.

"I love my friends Abby and Faith," the girl wrote, adding the phrases "Lex was here. 2/1/10" and a smiley face.

Everyone knows that "Abby and Faith" is MS-13 code for "kill all the white bitches". Those street gangs are clever. And oddly sentimental.

Of course, where there's a potential civil right violation that liberals might care about, there's Ann Althouse to add an uncomfortable patina of completely unnecessary sexual discomfort and authoritarian scapegoating.

Why make a star out of a kid that defaced school property with graffiti? She's an especially cute girl, willing to pose with her wrists together in the handcuff position. I'm sure some readers appreciate the entertainment on that level. Do we know the whole story of why she was arrested and why handcuffs were deemed necessary?

Well, she was probably willing to do it because she was fucking handcuffed. And we do know the whole story, because, per the above linked article, the city admitted it was in the wrong.

City officials acknowledged Alexa's arrest was a mistake.

"We're looking at the facts," said City Education Department spokesman David Cantor. "Based on what we've seen so far, this shouldn't have happened."

"Even when we're asked to make an arrest, common sense should prevail, and discretion used in deciding whether an arrest or handcuffs are really necessary," said police spokesman Paul Browne.

Now, yes, it is theoretically possible that this 80-pound girl whose most apparent sin was committing to loving her friends before getting out of sixth grade (junior high changes EVERYTHING, little girl) somehow pulled out a hunting knife and threatened to gut her teacher, but I'm pretty sure that would have come out at some point. The problem, however, is that this is apparently school policy.

Alexa Gonzalez no longer faces a suspension for scribbling with a lime green marker, but principal Marilyn Grant told her mother, that agency policy dictated that she calls the cops.

Grant told Alexa’s mother that it wasn't their fault that it was something they had to do," Camacho said of her meeting with Grant at Junior High School 190 in Forest Hills. "She doesn't consider it doodling."

I'm not entirely sure what this principal considers doodling on a desk, then. An antitrust violation?

Anyway, back to Althouse:

Is stoking the victimhood feelings of your child like this a good idea? The girl did wrong, as she knows. She should apologize, straighten up, and rededicate herself to schoolwork. The mother should not tolerate the child's sickly overreaction — even if she believes the school is too harsh in its response to crimes committed by kids in school.

The child's "sickly overreaction", as Althouse put it, was crying and vomiting because she was treated like she just tried to commit armed robbery. How the fuck should twelve year olds react to their detainment for doing shit that kids have done since we started building schoolhouses?

A class action lawsuit was filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union last month against the city for using "excessive force" in middle school and high schools. A 12-year-old sixth-grader, identified in the lawsuit as M.M., was arrested in March 2009 for doodling on her desk at the Hunts Point School.

Fine. Let the courts review the patterns and, if the schools are violating the law, provide a remedy congruent with the legal violation that leaves room for the schools to preserve discipline and good order.

Well, I'm not entirely sure how "don't send kids to the police station for drawing on a desk" would prevent schools from enacting policies which preserve discipline and good order, but then again, I'm not a callous, soulless hack who's willing to defend a guy who attempts to tamper with a government phone system because it's not clear what he was going to do, but will strike the hammer down on a twelve year old girl because she's too pretty (and because she was probably going to shiv her Spanish teacher, because that's what those types do).