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Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 10:17 AM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville mother says she’s outraged that her 6-year-old son was involuntarily committed to a mental hospital for 72 hours under Florida’s Baker Act.
An administrator at Wayman Academy of the Arts told Action News Jax that the boy was throwing book bags and punching walls when JSO took him to the Mental Health Resource Center.
“To me, it’s just absurd. I don’t even know what to say,” said the boy’s mother, who Action News Jax has agreed not to identify to protect her son.
She said her son is too young to be locked up in a mental hospital, but the law disagrees.
“I mean, that’s just crazy. And then, the lady [at MHRC] said, ‘Well, he’s in there with other kids his age.’ And I’m like, really?”
The Baker Act allows a person to be involuntarily committed if they are at risk of hurting themselves or others.
There is no minimum age requirement.
Mental hospitals don’t have to get parental consent, either; it’s an involuntary commitment.
The boy’s mother says she wishes the school had handled it differently.
“I know that that’s behavior that’s not tolerated in the classroom. But there’s other ways you can handle that. Call a parent before you say, ‘Well, I’m fitting to Baker Act your child. I’m going to call police’ – on a 6-year-old,” she said.
The school’s board chairman, Pastor Mark Griffin, emailed Action News Jax the following statement:
Wayman Academy of the Arts strives daily to provide a safe, nurturing learning environment for all of our students. In that regard, we recently contacted JSO regarding an incident involving one of our students. While investigating that incident, the JSO officer noticed the behavior of another student, and determined to restrain the child in accordance with the law commonly referred to as the Baker Act. In accordance with law, only physicians, judges, mental health professionals and law enforcement officials can initiate such an action. As such, Wayman Academy of the Arts did not initiate this action, but we support the professional judgement of law enforcement officials when they determine that the safety of the child is in question, as well as the safety of other students and staff.
For 18 years, we have worked with students and families from all walks of life to provide a top quality education, which is reflected in Wayman Academy being an “A” rated school. We will continue to work with this child and the parents to make sure the child receives the needed services and support to ensure the child’s academic and behavioral success. While we would like to provide more detailed information, we respect the privacy of the student and the family as we work toward an amicable conclusion to this issue.”
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:50 AM
NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man is behind bars after police said that he performed what he called a satanic ritual on a friend.
Kyle Parker is accused of cutting the victim on her palm during an argument, TribLive reported.
The woman passed out, but when she woke up, she said found razor blade cuts on her calf.
The next day the victim said that Parker told her, “I sold your soul to the devil,” Trib Live reported.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:53 PM
— At the age of 5, most kids are still learning the basics of counting, but one Georgia mom has tasked her 5-year-old with not only counting but learning the art of financial planning.
Essence Evans has received international attention for her recent Facebook post, about requiring her 5-year-old daughter to pay toward the family’s rent, water, electricity, cable and food. Evans, who says she lives in Georgia, said in a Facebook post Jan. 14, that she gives her daughter a $7 allowance each week, so paying rent is a way to teach her some “real world” concepts.
“I explained to her that in the real world most people spend most of their paycheck on bills with little to spend on themselves,” Evans wrote. “So, I make her give me $5 dollars back. $1 for rent $1 for water $1 for electricity $1 for cable and $1 for food.”
Her daughter gets to keep $2 for herself or for saving.
I MAKE MY 5 YEAR OLD PAY RENT. Every week she gets $7 dollars in allowance. But I explained to her that in the real...Posted by Essence Evans on Sunday, January 14, 2018
The post has since been shared more than 314,000 times, and there are more than 44,000 comments, mainly praising Evans’ efforts to teach her daughter responsibility.
“I think this is absolutely amazing! It is a great way to teach her how the real world works and to get her a little savings account of her own so she has a good start when she moves out or goes to college or whatever she chooses to do,” Jennifer Barfield wrote in response to the post.
Cathy White Stark agreed, writing that Evans is “a fantastic parent! Kids are clueless how things work and yes,they have this sense of entitlement. ... Good job.”
Some supporters even told personal stories of how similar tactics served them well.
“My father did that with me. I never complained. But when he died. He left me close to $28,000.00 I was shocked,” wrote Jim Koloski.
While the chorus of praise resonates throughout most of social media, there have been some who call her methods a bit much for a 5-year-old.
Is ‘cleaning after herself’ not enough responsibility for a 5yr old? Is it necessary to burden them w concepts that require a certain level of maturity? Can the child decide to move and rent elsewhere? In a way, the lesson being taught is how to remain a compliant hostage!— p v (@misterptweets) January 18, 2018
At 5 years old, the she should be teaching life skills appropriate for her age. This is not it. Parent fail.— Katica (@GOPPollAnalyst) January 18, 2018
Some applauded the general idea but critiqued Evans for charging her child for necessities, even if just a small fee.
I read the article. The mother's got the right idea about savings but the wrong approach to instill it. A 5YO child shouldn't be told she has to "pay" for basic necessities like shelter and food. This could set the stage for undue anxiety and fears about her security.— Lyn Powell (@vlynpowell) January 18, 2018
Evans’ Facebook post and the conversation around it have been featured on “Loose Women,” a television program in the United Kingdom, and several online news sites.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:14 PM
MELBOURNE, Fla. — A 4-year-old girl is recovering at a local hospital after she was mauled by a family friend’s dog, police said.
The attack happened Thursday afternoon at the Meadows Mobile Home Park in Melbourne, police said.
Police said the girl's mother dropped the girl off to be watched by a family friend and another woman. The family friend left and the child was being watched by the other woman when the mixed-breed dog attacked the girl, police said.
The woman was able to grab the girl and run out of the house, where she screamed for help, police said. The dog kept trying to get through the door when a neighbor grabbed the child and called 911, police said.
"I just picked her up and ran like hell with her. I told my wife, 'Call 911, we got an emergency.' That's before I even saw her wounds," neighbor Richard Hansen said. "I saw her trying to keep the door shut, so I ran over there and she said the dog attacked her."
It’s unclear why the dog attacked the child, police said.
The child had injuries to her neck, back and leg, but she will recover, police said. The woman also has not-life-threatening injuries.
"The little girl kept saying, 'Bad dog, bad dog,'" Hansen said.
Animal services has captured the dog, as well as three other dogs, but it’s unclear what will happen to the animals.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:53 PM
— Google’s new Arts & Culture App has been insanely popular over the last week -- and no, it’s not because people are wanting to brush up on their art history skills (though it’s good for that, too). It’s because there’s a hilarious feature where you can upload a photo of yourself and the app will match your face with a work of art that resembles you.
Except in Texas and Illinois, that is.
According to the Chicago Tribune, it’s because of the states’ biometric privacy laws, which limits companies who obtain “biometric identifiers” (like a “retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint or record of hand or face geometry,” according to the law) for commercial purposes. Anyone violating the Texas law passed in 2009 could be subject to a penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation.
Hey this one ain’t so bad. pic.twitter.com/er0FxZNVO8— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 13, 2018