Recent incident with Peel Police causes community uproar
OPINION -- Recently the story of a six-year-old child being handcuffed by officers from Peel Regional Police Service circled the GTA.
In that story we are told about a child who has been suspended four times in the two years she’s attended school. The incidents that lead up to her previous suspensions, and her current incident, relate to acts of violence towards other students, and staff members. The mother claims to have never seen her daughter act violent at home.
There seems to be two issues that arise from the news story.
First, is the use of handcuffs on the child, second is racism.
In my opinion, neither is a valid argument, and only serves to agitate the situation. Feelings were hurt, so they needed to blame someone for how they are feeling. Rather than using common sense and logic, they jumped to conclusions and allowed their emotions to dictate their response.
Let’s deal with the handcuffing issue. The child was kicking, punching, and spitting on people when the police arrive.
According to the article, they first tried to de-escalate the situation. When that didn’t work, they handcuffed her ankles, and when that didn’t stop her behaviour, they placed handcuffs on her wrists. The article also mentions that the child was smashing her head on the table, trying to hurt herself.
One suggestion made was to have the police lock her in a room, rather than handcuff the child. A police spokesperson correctly stated that doing so would leave the child alone with various items she could hurt herself with.
But I want to look at this suggestion from another angle.
Let’s assume the police did as suggested, can you imagine the headline, “Police can’t handle child, imprison her in locked room.” Imagine the outrage from the mother if that were to happen, “They locked her up like a criminal,” would be the mother’s response.
Now, imagine she did obtain an object and hurt herself while locked in the room. The uproar would be incredible, and the police would have been negligent.
No good could have come from using this suggestion.
Of course some people are thinking that the police officer should have simply held the child.
Have you ever tried to hold a squirming six-year-old? It’s impossible.
Furthermore, how is the officer supposed to conduct his investigation if he’s busy holding the child? And God forbid the officer leave a bruise on the child while holding her.
You see, none of these suggestions are logical or well thought out.
Handcuffs protect the child from hurting herself or others, and it allows the officer to do his job.
I don’t understand the emotional response to the use of the handcuffs. They are a tool. A tool that was successfully used to deal with the situation.
Would you rather have your child hurt herself, or someone else, or have them wear handcuffs for a short time?
The second issue is even more outrageous. The child’s mother and her lawyer blame it on racism.
Of course they do. There’s no evidence of racism, but they called it racism and inflamed the situation.
If you have evidence of racism, please provide it, otherwise you shouldn’t just blurt it out. Doing so, not only hurts your argument, but when enough fake racism stories become public, you desensitize people to it, and they stop listening.
Just because one of the people involved in the incident isn’t white, shouldn’t lead you to automatically believe its racism.
In the end, what’s really important is being lost in all the emotional hoopla.
This child needs immediate help. It’s painfully obvious to anyone who has ever been involved with mental health that this child is suffering from some sort of mental health crisis.
Unfortunately the mother has her head buried in the sand.
Because the child doesn’t act out at home, the mother doesn’t believe what she’s being told about her daughter.
Now that the mother has blamed the police, racism, and the school, she will never see what’s right in front of her face, her child’s very loud cry for help.