The Orlando Sentinal reported today about a case against a 10-year-old girl.
The State Attorney's Office has decided not to prosecute a 10-year-old girl who brought a steak knife to school to cut her lunch. After a review of the child's school record, prosecutors determined charges should be dropped, Assistant State Attorney Ric Ridgway said today.
Teachers saw the child using a 4 1/2 inch kitchen knife to cut her steak at lunch on Dec. 13. They notified the Marion County Sheriff's Office and she was arrested on a felony weapons charge. She was also suspended from school for three days.
They arrested a 10-year-old girl on felony weapons charges because a teacher saw her cutting up her lunch. Unbelievable! To a normal person, anyway. But teachers don't seem to be normal these days.
Investigators with the Department of Juvenile Justice then interviewed the child and looked at her clean school and behavioral record. They recommended that charges should be dropped and the State Attorney's Office agreed.
"She has an excellent school history, no disciplinary problems, good grades and nothing whatsoever to suggest she was a troubled child," Ridgway said.
So, they arrested her and then they investigated. And if she had been a troubled child or had bad grades, would they have gone through with their prosecution of her for a felony? Sounds like it.
Let that be a lesson to all school children. If you have steak for lunch, eat it with your hands and rip it with your teeth. You'll disgust all the students and teachers around you, but you won't be arrested for a felony. Yet.