A Black girl was arrested at school in Hawaii over a drawing that upset a parent

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In response to the incident, ACLU sent a letter On Monday, the Honolulu Police Department, the state’s education department and the state attorney general’s office asked them to adopt policy changes, remove all arrest records and pay $500,000 for “loss and suffering” caused by their agencies.

In January 2020, a parent called Honowai Elementary School in Honolulu to complain about a drawing the girl had made and demanded that the staff call the police, the ACLU said.

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When police arrived, the girl, identified only as “NB”, was “handcuffed with excessive force and taken to the police station,” the ACLU said.

The girl’s mother, Tamara Taylor, said she was called to school, but was not allowed to see her daughter or was informed that the girl was “handcuffed in front of staff and her peers, in a squad car. kept in and carried away.”

“I was stripped of my rights as a parent and my daughter’s right to protection and representation as a minor. There is no evidence of diversity, African-American culture, and the history of police involvement with African-American youth. Didn’t understand. My daughter and I are hurt by these incidents and I am disappointed to know that this day will be with my daughter forever.” Taylor said on his behalf in a statement shared by the ACLU.
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The Honolulu Police Department told Granthshala on Tuesday that it is “reviewing the letter and will work with the corporation’s attorneys to address these allegations.”

A spokesman for the Hawaii DOE said the agency had no comment at this time.

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In the letter, the ACLU stated that the girl had “allegedly participated in making offensive sketches of a student, in response to the student threatening her.”

In the days following her arrest, the girl told her mother that she drew the picture, but that several other students were involved in coloring and writing on it, the group says in the letter.

“She didn’t want the drawing to be distributed, but one of the other students snatched it from her hands and gave it anyway,” the ACLU said in the letter.

A copy of the drawing or further details of what it depicts were not disclosed. Granthshala contacted Honowai Elementary School and the ACLU to determine what the picture depicts, but did not immediately hear back.

The ACLU is giving the school and police until November 8 to respond.

Advocates say black girls are often treated like adults

The ACLU and a family lawyer called the actions taken by school staff and police in Hawaii “excessive and disproportionate” and suggested that the girl and her mother were segregated and discriminated against on the basis of their race. Gaya.

Mateo Caballero, a lawyer representing the family, said the way his clients were treated is “very normal and completely preventable”.

Researchers and advocates have said that black girls are often treated like adults and targeted for harsh treatment by the police and severe disciplinary action at school. a A 2017 study conducted by the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality found that black girls under the age of 5 are seen as in need of less protection and nurturing than white girls.
Earlier this year, a school resource officer in Florida 16 year old black girl’s body slammed before handcuffing him. The girl’s family said that the incident caused her memory loss and headache. In recent years, police have been criticized for handcuffing a 10-year-old girl during a traffic stop in New Jersey, for slapping boys and girls on officers in North Carolina, placing them in chokeholds, and officers in Orlando. was alleged. , Florida arrested 6-year-old girls for allegedly throwing tantrums.
During the 2017-2018 school year, more than 229,470 students were referred to law enforcement agencies or arrested US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Black students represented 15% of the student body, approximately 29% of referrals to law enforcement, and 31% of all students arrested at school or during school-related activity.

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