Police in Schools

The ACLU Says Hawaii Police Handcuffed and Arrested a 10-Year-Old Girl for Drawing a Picture

The civil liberties group says there's a clear pattern of police misconduct involving schoolchildren.

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Hawaii says Honolulu police handcuffed and arrested a 10-year-old girl in January for drawing an offensive picture of another student.

Now the civil liberties organization and a law firm representing the girl and her mother are demanding reforms from both the Hawaii Department of Education and Honolulu Police Department (HPD) to fix what they say is a clear pattern of misconduct involving school children.

The ACLU and the law firm Caballero Law LLLC are representing Tamara Taylor and her 10-year-old daughter, who is identified only as "N.B." According to those groups, school officials at Honowai Elementary called Taylor on January 10 because another parent demanded that the school report her daughter to the police. N.B. had allegedly participated in drawing an offensive sketch of a student in response to that student bullying her. (What alleged crime the young girl committed by drawing a picture is unclear.)

After she arrived at the elementary school, Taylor says police detained her in a room and did not allow her to leave. Meanwhile, officers interrogated her daughter in another room. The officers then allegedly decided that Taylor's daughter was not taking them seriously enough, handcuffed her, placed her in a squad car, and drove her to the police station, all without allowing her to see or speak to her mother.

Taylor's daughter was not ultimately booked or charged with a crime, but she was held in custody for four hours. Taylor and her daughter have since moved out of Hawaii.

"Although I was at Honowai Elementary, I was not told that my daughter was removed from the premises, handcuffed in front of staff and her peers, placed into a squad car and taken away," Taylor said in an ACLU press release. "I was stripped of my rights as a parent and my daughter was stripped of her right to protection and representation as a minor."

The ACLU and Caballero Law accuse the authorities of false imprisonment, racial discrimination, and excessive force. In addition to demanding $500,000 in damages, they are asking the HPD and the Hawaii Department of Education to enact several reforms, such as requiring that a parent or legal guardian be present whenever a minor is interrogated by an officer, and only calling police when a student presents an imminent threat of significant harm to someone.

This is far from the first time a small child has ended up in handcuffs at school. An Orlando school resource officer made national headlines last September when he arrested a 6-year-old girl. In another case last year, body camera footage showed officers in Key West, Florida, trying and failing to handcuff an 8-year-old boy, whose wrists were too small for the cuffs. This year in Colorado, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Douglas County School District and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for allegedly handcuffing an autistic 11-year-old boy and leaving him in the back of a police cruiser for two hours while he banged his head.

In response to such incidents, lawmakers around the country have been introducing legislation to raise the minimum age at which children can be arrested. Twenty-eight states have no minimum age for juvenile delinquency, while others set the bar low. North Carolina's, for instance, is at age 6.

The HPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Hawaii State Department of Education declined to comment, citing pending litigation.

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  2. How can we judge this story unless we know what the picture was and whom it offended?

    1. More importantly, what is the color of everyone’s skin?

      1. Funny you should say that, the CNN headline is A Black girl was arrested at school in Hawaii over a drawing that upset a parent.

        So I think it's ok for everyone to be upset and demand the subject of the drawing be expelled and this girl receive a six figure settlement.

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  3. More like a clear pattern of violating a person's civil rights under color of law, a felony with a 10 year jail term.

  4. No Child Left Free

  5. Well it is the ACLU saying it...

  6. who knew Dan-o was into pre-teens?

  7. they are asking the HPD and the Hawaii Department of Education to enact several reforms, such as requiring that a parent or legal guardian be present whenever a minor is interrogated by an officer, and only calling police when a student presents an imminent threat of significant harm to someone

    You could drive a squad car through that loophole.

    Student: "He hurt my feelings."

    Guidance Counselor: [pushes intercom button] "Delores, can you get me the number for 911?"

  8. Obviously the solution is for the cops to get smaller handcuffs.

  9. But Merrick Garland is on the case to ensure that police misconduct extends to parents as well. So, there is that.

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/10/21/ag-merrick-garland-admits-federal-war-on-parents-sprang-from-school-boards-letter-not-evidence/

    Christ what an asshole.

    1. We dodged a meteorite the size of the Supreme Court Building when Garland was not confirmed.

    2. Some Congressman on Charles Payne's show just said Garland knew nothing about everything going on like Sgt. Schultz. Lol.

    3. He also claimed he was unaware of the October 14 riot at the dept. of the interior and the girl who was raped in a Loudon county high school bathroom by a boy wearing a dress. Scary how stupid this clown is.

  10. The officers then allegedly decided that Taylor's daughter was not taking them seriously enough, handcuffed her, placed her in a squad car, and drove her to the police station, all without allowing her to see or speak to her mother.

    Violation of civil rights? In any other context that is kidnapping.

  11. A picture of an unmasked, unvaccinated person or a picture of a MAGA hat wearing person?

    1. Or maybe a g g g gun!

      1. Or someone peacefully protesting…at the Capitol!!!!

        1. Not enough flames in the background for it to be a peaceful protest.

      2. Exactly. A'CL'U ignored the cases when images or likenesses of a weapon were involved. It may have been because those children failed the identity politics matrix test. Or, perhaps the fact is, some civil liberties for some folks are more important.

  12. false imprisonment, racial discrimination, and excessive force

    Ummm...this sounds like all complete bullshit. And it's the ACLU, so of course everyone involved was racist.

    I don't want cops in schools. I don't want cops arresting 10 year olds. But the article makes this out to be a false arrest complaint. All the other stuff is trumped up horseshit that simply further illegitimizes the ACLU.

    1. Actually, having once been a 10 year old in Hawaii, I would completely believe there was racial animosity involved. Hawaii is the single most racist place I've ever been in the US.

      1. agreed completely PERLHAQR, my years there revealed a boiling racism about 1/32 of an inch below the surface. also a LOVE of laws and restrictions. they also love taxes and rules

        1. I'm not sure I'd say it was buried even that deep. The people I encountered there certainly put it out on display quite frequently.

        2. Hawaii is almost exclusively democrat.

  13. "The ACLU Says Hawaii Police Handcuffed and Arrested a 10-Year-Old Girl for Drawing a Picture"

    Great.....we are the UK now.

    1. Picture that.

  14. Speaking of schools:

    "Students at Denver high school targeted by racist, antisemitic graffiti try to rally forward"

    Many George Washington High School students showed up for classes in pajamas Tuesday morning, not because they rushed to make the first bell but to reflect their school pride as part of homecoming week.

    But pajama day and the school spirit behind it was cut short as students and teachers turned their focus to healing from weekend vandalism that left swastikas and hate speech scrawled across parts of the campus, on athletic field buildings and equipment and on the surface of the outdoor running track...

    The spray paint had been cleaned from the school building and grounds by the time students arrived for the week. But photos of the graffiti — which depicted racist, homophobic and antisemitic slurs and symbols — continued to circulate on social media. And students continued to reel, wondering how their campus could be darkened by such hateful images and messages.

    The vandalism spree happened Saturday night, a day before a similar incident at the Denver Academy of Torah a few blocks away, where someone threw rocks through windows and damaged an electrical box late Sunday. No arrests were reported by Denver police, and it’s unclear if the incidents are related.

    For those who don't know, GW is one of the more legitimately diverse schools in the metro area--I'm talking actual diversity, not the kind where a school with 75% Hispanic kids and 15% black kids is called "diverse"--and has been even after busing ended in the 90s. The last ten years, black students had been increasingly replaced by Hispanic kids, but there's been an influx of white students to the place recently as well. There's a pretty sizeable Jewish contingent that lives in the more tony neighborhoods near the school, and a Greek Orthodox temple just up the street as well.

    All that said, I won't be surprised if this ends up being yet another hate hoax, it turns out that it was a black kid who did the graffiti, and the whole thing gets swept under the rug.

    1. A black kid, or any kid that was unprepared for a test. These days, scrawling racist graffiti shuts down all education for much longer than pulling the fire alarm.

  15. wondering how their campus could be darkened by such hateful images and messages

    LOL...because...teenagers.

    1. They are gonna need a day off to recover. And a passing grade in geometry. And a safe space with plenty of coloring books. And a moratorium on pop quizzes for the rest of the school year.

      1. The article is at the Colorado Sun. Read it and despair at the fragility of Zoomers.

  16. Some cops have watched too many episodes of Scared Stright.

  17. “The law firm Caballero LLLC….” It must have an extra dose of limited liability!

  18. Depending on what the drawing was I can see a major First Amendment violation here. I don't know about Hawaii but where I live Police are not allowed to question a minor with out a parent or guardian present.

  19. Definitely something missing from this story. Was it a picture of a Pop Tart eaten into the shape of a gun?

  20. Is this some kind of fucked up "scared straight" initiative!?

    Today offensive pictures - tomorrow armed robbery!!

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