MOBILE, Ala. (CBS Atlanta) – A mother is upset that her 5-year-old daughter was forced to sign a “safety contract” after pretending a crayon was a gun.
Rebecca, the child’s mother, said she didn’t want to use her last name and that she is angry about what happened to her daughter, Elizabeth. She said that E R Dickson school officials had Elizabeth sign a Mobile County Public Safety Contract without her being present.
“This isn’t right. She’s 5-years-old,” Rebecca told WPMI. “Most of these words on here, she’s never heard in her life.”
School officials explained to her that they had to send Elizabeth home after an incident in class concerning a crayon allegedly being used as a gun.
“They told me she drew something that resembled a gun,” Rebecca said to WPMI. “According to them she pointed a crayon at another student and said, ‘pew pew.’ ”
Her daughter was a given a questionnaire by school officials to evaluate her for suicidal thoughts.
“[They] Asked her if she was depressed now,” Rebecca explained to WPMI. “While I was in the lobby waiting they had my 5-year-old sign a contract about suicide and homicide.”
The mother said she did not give her daughter permission to sign the Mobile County Public School Safety Contract and according to state law, minors can’t legally sign a contract.
“There should be a different way to handle this situation. If this is protocol it needs to be looked at again,” Rebecca told WPMI. “My child interrupted us and said, ‘What is suicide mommy? Daddy what is suicide? As a parent that’s not right. I’m the one who should be able to talk to my child and not have someone else mention words like this in front of her at all.”
Rebecca wants the incident removed from her child’s record. She said that school officials have requested that Elizabeth see a psychiatrist, which she thinks is unnecessary.