A mom and the local cops teamed up to teach a ten-year-old boy a lesson he will likely never forget. Exasperated at her son’s continual misbehavior in school, this Georgia mom called up her local cops, who agreed to pay the young troublemaker a visit. But the arriving officers did more than just give this ten-year-old a heart-to-heart. They “arrested” him, cuffed him and put him in the backseat of the squad car.
Writes ABC News: “When a mother in Columbus, Georgia, learned her 10-year-old son Sean was misbehaving in class, she said she looked to the local police to help… After the teacher left, Chiquita Hill called the Columbus Police Department and explained Sean’s behavior, and the police agreed to send officers to Hill’s home.”
When the officers showed up, Hill said her disbelieving boy still didn’t quite get it – until the armed men read Sean his rights, placed him under arrest for “unruly behavior” and started to drive off in the police car with a crying Sean in the back.
Prior to Hill calling the police, she said Sean’s teacher even paid them a house visit and attempted to reason with Sean. But Hill said the efforts by the teacher – although appreciated – proved fruitless.
The teacher’s words went “in one ear and out the other,” Hill said. Sean continued to be “rude and disrespectful, not listening, talking back, not doing his school work… I knew I had to do something to shock him.”
Shock is putting it mildly. The officers even drove away a bit, with the lights flashing, to make Sean think that he was really going to be taken away from his mom and jailed.
“Everything happened so fast,” Hill said. “He didn’t have time to react to anything. He was scared.” Pictures show Sean bawling as he looks out at his mom from the backseat of the police cruiser.
After it was over, Hill said Sean ran to her and threw his arms around her. “He gave me the biggest hug and said, ‘I’ll never do it again,’” Hill said. “I don’t know what they said to him.”
Looking back, Hill said she has no regrets. “I’m glad I did this. He will be 11 this month. He’s hitting that pre-teen age… I understand that he will be going through changes. But with all the things going on in Missouri and in Baltimore, I want to stop anything from happening while he’s young and impressionable.”
Hill said she doesn’t “want to be the Baltimore mom,” referring to the viral video of a mom following her teenage son and slapping him upside the head for taking part in the Baltimore riots.
“I completely understand why she did what she did, but I don’t want to get to that point with my only son,” Hill said.
While some parents are questioning this extreme way to teach a 10-year-old pre-teen a lesson, the Columbus Police Department also is none too happy with its officers.
Assistant Columbus Chief Lem Miller wanted to make it clear that his officers “did that without any supervisory approval or knowledge… We totally understand that they were trying to do a good thing,” Miller said, “But in hindsight, we’re not in the business of pretending to arrest somebody.”
Miller said that while it “could very well scare the kid straight,” it could “possibly hurt them and make them think even worse of us down the road. They’re very impressionable children at the age of ten. We’re not chastising the officers for it. They thought they were doing a good thing and I appreciate that. But in this litigious society that we live in, we can’t just go out and pretend to arrest anybody.”
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So where do you fall? Would you do this to your child? What are your thoughts on this mom calling the cops on her ten-year-old son?