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7- and 8-year-old Siblings Arrested After Fight On School Bus

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The Westerville Police Department is in hot water after deciding to handcuff a 7 and 8 year old and put them in a cell after a school bus fight in October.   The two siblings allegedly became unruly, pushing the bus driver, cussing and threatening to punch the principal, according to court documents.

Tonya Mitchell, the 29-year old mother of the two children, says that the police department and Westerville School District violated her children’s rights, wrongfully imprisoned them and used excessive force in their handling of the situation.  She says that the kids are now terrified and having nighmares after the incident.

“Just take a look at the facts of the case,” said Police Chief Joseph Morbitzer said, “ your last course of action is an arrest.”

Carrie Davis, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, says that she is having trouble seeing what crime the children committed.

“Kids mouthing off, not sitting still, taking things off the shelf — does that sound like a crime?” said Davis.

“State law is pretty clear that you have to have a lawful basis to arrest them. You can’t just decide, ‘I don’t like the way they’re acting.’”

A judge dismissed disorderly conduct charges against the kids because of their ages.  The children have been suspended from Pointview Elementary School for 80 days.

The bus driver says that Mikael, the boy, started off “taunting and harassing other students. He was saying that each girl student liked Victor (another student). He kept repeating it.”

After his taunting, another boy hit Mikeal, and that’s when all h**l broke loose, according to authorities.

“If anyone should have been arrested, it was the student who struck Mikeal,” Potts said. “The other people were let off the bus and (left) to do their normal routine.”

When police arrived at the school, they handcuffed both of the kids and put them in the back of separate squad cars.  They then took them to a holding cell at police headquarters.   According to police, the kids wouldn’t sit, kept screaming and were becoming “increasingly belligerent.”

“So I decided to remove them from the school for their loud and disruptive behavior,” the officer wrote.


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65 Responses to 7- and 8-year-old Siblings Arrested After Fight On School Bus

  1. This whole incident makes “home schooling” seem even more attractive, Folks!

    Joyce Christie-Taylor
    November 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm

  2. I homeschooled my children,when I suspected that the curriculum didn’t challenge their. Minds.! Arresting children? I’m so glad the mother is suing!! @

    Jerry Washington
    November 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm

  3. Where is the father? shouldn’t he be in this picture? This is what I find disturbing. Mothers featured with child & no father, This appears to be the accepted norm. In a news report a few years go in TX white new media reported on teenagers in video smoking joint with child. The question they asked was “was where was the mother” It’s an automatic assumption there is no father in the home!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    • The point of the article has nothing to do with where the father is, he could be working, stop making assumptions and speak to the point of the article, they put children in jail for no apparent reason other than they would not behave–poor excuse. what kind of police officer would do such a thing–surely he is not a parent.

      November 17, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      • I’m sure he’s not a Black parent. I have noticed that cops are quick to handle Black children in a less civil manner than white children exhibiting the same so called, “disrespectful behavior.” White people with authority to judge do not judge Blacks with the same common sense that they use to judge whites committing the same type of criminal/bad behavior.

        November 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      • Let me guess, the shoe fits you!!!

        November 18, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      • @shirlgirl real fathers show up when there is a problem with their family or did you not know that!

        November 19, 2011 at 7:25 am


      November 17, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    • Father or no father has nothing to do with this. You don’t know if he is away at war, dead, living in another state. People are so quick to blame a single parent for something she can’t con control. If they were married and got a divorce could you blame it on that. Come on and get real. It is hard rather there are 2 parents in the home or not. Don’t judge. The kids who shot up the school years ago had both parents in the home. So what can u say about that??????

      kim johnson
      November 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      • I beg the differ fathering has all to do with it. There is a big difference between single parent and unwed mothers. Regardless there is a father he should be. The behavior exhibited says a lot.

        November 19, 2011 at 7:31 am

        • You make many assumption. Thus, you make arguments that make absolute no sense considering the information that the story provides. Tell you what though, find out where the dad is an let us know so you can stop trying to make yourself relevant to this discussion and actually have comments that meaningfully contribute to a discussion. I could assume that the mother is so problematic that dad is there, yet leave her to deal with the consequences of the children mirroring her behavior not his. I know, that sounds plain stupid. No read the story and your subsequent comments. Sounds stupid huh!

          Montely Wilson
          December 17, 2011 at 4:39 am

    • What does the absence or presence of the father in the photo have to do with the treatment of the 7 and 8 year-old children? The school and the police department should be ashamed of themselves. There is no defense for handcuffing and jailing 7 and 8 year old kids for misbehaving. Furthermore, there is no defense for suspending them from school for 80 days either. There are only 180 school days in the school year. What discipline was administered to the child who started the fight?

      Jenny R
      January 12, 2012 at 11:47 pm

  4. This is not right, they are children,fights happen,police should not have been involved. Intelligent adults could have handled this more humanely.The bus driver should have controled the situation,he is defiantly in the wrong job.
    I doubt the children where belligerent,they where traumatized,perhaps screaming,as we all know handcuffs hurt,they had to be crying,after being put in that jail cell.
    I would not believe what the police say, they will always find a way to justify their abusive actions,since they are never held accountable. I would check,to find out if the jail has a video in place. If so,the truth would be there. So very poorly handled by all adults involved,including the teachers.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm

  5. When adults cannot handler children in a repectful way without dehamanize them you people that should not be dealing with our children.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm

  6. First I believe that the child that struck this woman’s son, should also have been taken to task. But while on the surface, handcuffing the unruly tots may appear to have been a bit of an over-reach- my question to the suing mom would be- is it customary for your children to behave this way: cussing, taunting, and hitting elders?

    Our society has been on the slow decline with reference to how some (far too many actually) raise up, and socialize their children. It is as though (as illustrated by their behavior) they fear nothing, and or no one; including their parents and most especially authority figures outside of the home. I see it most everyday when I am out and about in public. While this is not the case for ALL children today- there most certainly are enough actin’ a fool with no fear of repercussions, to warrant concern. Well or so I believe…

    It’s not a black child/household thing nor a white child/household thing. I’ve seen illustration of unruly, out of control children from BOTH!

    There was a time not so long ago when most children had a healthy fear, and respect for those in authority. However, there appears to be ever increasing numbers of young people who simply do not! No respect for mama and ‘em…their teachers, and or school administrators. Nor do they respect and yield to bus drivers, or cafateria workers. The police most certainly get no respect in some circles. So my question to those in an uproar over this particular situation is- how exactly should those placed in charge of unruly, disrespectful, violent youngsters and teens respond?


    November 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    • AMEN

      Robert S.L. Williamson
      November 18, 2011 at 11:26 am

    • Peace and Blessings Hotep1
      And It is so.

      November 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    • Thank you hotep! Sounds like the brother and sister need some “home training” – not necessarily “home schooling.” Is their behavior condoned at home? Some parents believe it is the school’s responsibility to raise their children. I have heard parents say they will be glad when their children start school so that the teacher can teach them how to behave. What planet are we on?

      Bertha Roach
      November 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm

  7. Were the kids unruly? Our children are angry and rude. Parents are too young to parent! I’m sorry but if the police said to them calm down and they did exactly as asked, I can’t imagine the situation would have been handled in this manner. We often overlook parts of stories. Sure handcuffing them was wrong, but being disorderly was an issue we should address as well. The house could use parenting courses I’m sure. Children don’t begin being unruly on a bus for the first time. This is common behavior that wasn’t addressed. We place blame on everything but the issue. Why were they comfortable disrespecting authority. I’m just saying!

    Phoenyx Cayolle
    November 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    • Why are you so comfortable believing that the children are the only one’s in the wrong here. The boy was teasing another young boy about girls liking him. If I had a dime for every boy who teased another boy about girls I would be richer then Bill Gates. The boy being teased threw the first punch, why was he not arrested. you are one of those idiots who would judge a Black child more harshly than a white child because America and its media has succeeded in making us believe that African Americans should be treated differently, because they are different, which usually means “less than” coming from America’s white owned media outlets. Get a clue and stop hating your skintone!

      November 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm

  8. Let’s take back our children and they wont be arrested!!!! We are too busy “keeping up the Jones” and our children are raising themselves.

    Phoenyx Baby
    November 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    • …whether we are keeping up with Joneses or the Whites, we and our children deserve to be treated as human beings, even when we are wrong!!!

      November 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    • You hit the nail on the head!!!

      November 19, 2011 at 7:32 am

  9. These bad a*s kids got what they should have gotten, they need their behinds whooped. If they are grown enough to push and cuss out grown folks, then they should see what the punishment is. Maybe when they grow up they won’t be so quick to act in violence because they already know the consequences.

    Kim Davis
    November 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    • Kim, I so agree with you! People are so set to side with the mother that they haven’t a clue how those kids behave in school. For all we know, the kids could be bullies. My son is currently being taunted by a bully and my husband and I made the school take action against this first grader, who is bullying other children as well. The parents are so quick to say “not my kid”, but in all honesty, you can’t be with your kid 24/7 so you don’t know how they act when you’re not around. If my kid sassed adults, bullied other kids & threatened to “punch the principal” or hit the bus driver & nothing worked to curb his behavior, or if I constantly defended my kid even though I know he’s a thug in the making, then maybe having him “arrested” would scare him straight. Better to do it now than to have a criminal record in the future. Lack of parent involvement and culpability is one of the main reasons our educational system is so messed up. Teachers cannot teach students who want to learn because they are too busy disciplining the disruptive kids to teach. As a parent who is engaged in my children’s education, I am tired of parents who treat school as a babysitting tool for 6 hours or so a day and taking away my kids’ right to learn!

      Concerned Mom
      November 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      • I must agree with you concerned mom, being an educator of the school system for over 10yrs i have seen first hand in the class room how their little world can be. I have worked with all ages of kids and have seen the best and the worst. And yes i have seen our little people really try and take the whole floor if they can and if i would let them. Then when the mother comes they act like little angels leaving no evidence of how they disrupted my class for the day, these little guys are so smart and can really play the parents as fools.. i have seen them in action. I must say it is so sad at how our little one’s are coming up but i always say don’t blame the child they only mock what they see in the house, i used to tell parent’s when your child comes to my class i am able to tell how you run the house because your child’s behavior tell all your business. When you find a child who does not know proper communication skills who should you look at… i say the parent. All mother’s should know one thing you are your child’s first teacher because you are the first face they see at birth, i have seen these innocent little angels be born onto the world and have watched parents turn them into monsters, with their ignorant behavior. I wonder who these babies got the cussing from hmmmm….

        Ms. Moet
        November 19, 2011 at 6:05 am

      • Amen! Amen!

        November 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    • Sounds like the mother needs a course or counseling in child rearing, with an emphasis on discipline and control. Too many of our kids are totally out of control. And too many mothers either condone offensive behavior or beat their children up, without teaching them how to act. I am happy not to have to ride the bus anymore because I oftenfound them offensive and frightening. Time to stop blaming everything on racism and begin to take responsibility for our children. They are the ones who will eventually really suffer from lack of an education and lack of common sense and discipline. The family needs therapy.

      Elinor Bowles
      November 17, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    • Amen.

      November 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    • I agree. While handcuffs might be a bit extreme at that age, too many people allow kids that age to be undisciplined. Then when they become teens it’s too late. Then when they wind up in jail or in a bodybag everyone is crying “not my child”. I don’t believe in abusing kids but I don’t consider a good a** whippin’ abuse. Maybe if they had gotten some already we wouldn’t be reading about them now. I don’t know about this particular situation, but often these problems come from ignorant, and/or undisciplined immature young parents who, because they haven’t been taught anything, can’t teach anything. If these kids are so terrified maybe that’ll turn out to be a good thing if it keeps them from acting like Bebe’s kids, or worse in the future. Time will tell.

      Willie C.
      November 18, 2011 at 1:17 am

    • I agree. Their mother should be ashamed to allow her kids to get this out of control.

      November 18, 2011 at 4:49 am

    • Totally agree. the kids act so grown and bad when they’re acting up, but now they are all sweet and innocent. Parents need to step up and start disciplining these bad a*s kids or the warden will do it later. I see it happening over and over with our children. It’s pathetic!

      November 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    • I don’t agree with Kim or Diane, when white kids “act up” “bullying” on the bus, the principal is notified, not the police!! When this kid taunted me son with Jew b*****d, the principal literally said “Boys will be boys”! Again I’ll say, gone are the days of hoods and sheets….uniforms and Brook Brothers suits!! On my lawyers desk is a small statute with the words..”Sue The Bastards”!!

      November 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    • True that!

      November 19, 2011 at 6:38 pm

  10. This is further evidence of the criminalization of young black children that we do not see with other children. I have seen white kids act just as unruly or worse, and they don’t get arrested! These kids didn’t break the law. They definitely need appropriate discipline, (a good a*s whoopin’s and punishment) but booking the kids like hardened criminals is total out of line. Also this happened in a school environment, it should be a school administrative issue, not for the judicial system. This was excessive, and trying to make the kids out to be “uncontrollable terrors” who deserved what they got is wrong.

    David Larrick Smith
    November 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    • Amen David. Even when our kids act out, they still deserve to be treated like human beings and not hauled off to some jail like animals at 7 and 8 years old! African Americans are always treated more harshly than non-Black peoples. When whites and others exhibit the same bad behavior, cops seem to have much more patience with them, and they (whites) are treated with much more respect than African Americans of all ages! Anyone commenting here who thinks these children got what they deserve because they are a bit unruly , needs to have his/her head examined.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm

  11. I flipped off a cop when I was in 6th grade and looked like a 4th grader, He scared me but he didnt arrest me! I pretty sure if the kids were white they would not have been arrested! But im not saying all kid are angels. I think it’s kids not having fear of anything, because the parents don’t want to look like “bad parents” or THE bad parent by pop’n them in the mouth or punishing them @ home, So when they go to school they say you not my momma! you can you tube so many bad a*s kids on the bus! One was A 70 yr. old lady socking up a little kid got fired, even though kid was wrong!! Kid are bad these days! The parents in a kindergarten class range from15-35 in age. But i dont think arresting them will help them, it just teaches them to say f**k the cops at a younger age.

    Pitty Pat
    November 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm

  12. The police went too far, but if corporal punishment was still allowed in school it would never have gotten that far. The mother should beat their little butts.

    November 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm

  13. The mother has an obligation to teach her children respect, how to connduct themselves. Screaming and being belligerent to those in authority is just asking for trouble down the road. You just can’t turn a blind eye to your children behavior. You love them, other people dont and if they are unruly and disruptive, they are even less endearing to anyone.

    November 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    • @ wealthylady, your comment about where is the father does not justify the wrongful actions of the police dept and officers. You are obviously don’t have kids, or someone else nanny them to adulthood. Most likely the next serial killer from Ohio.

      Tyrone Thomas
      November 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      • My son is on the 3rd year of his Phd in the Administration of Criminal Justice. Never been inside of a jail or arrested, unless your ignorant behind! And where did you get Ohio?

        November 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      • Correction Thomas that should be “unlike your ignorant behind”

        November 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    • So the fact that they didn’t strike the first blow meansnothing to you?? I mean the story clearly states that another child started all the hitting…lady you either have no kids or jus stupid…noting they dd was reason to handcuff or place in a jail cell still in cuffs…they don’t do adults tha way…open your eyes…

      kim johnson
      November 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      • You obviously missed the point, and you appear to have a “victim street mentality” and limited understanding. Let me guess you too are raising future thugs, who also were misunderstood. My son again is on the 3rd year of his Phd in The Administration of Criminal Justice, Masters in Sociology. Never been arrested, because he was taught how to conduct himself. Had this kid not been taunting anyone, sitting his behind down, he would not have gotten hit. Now are you too stupid to understand that? That why I refused to teach. All of these untrained, undeciplined fools being turned loose.

        November 19, 2011 at 7:55 am

  14. Those police officers traumatized those children. It is disgraceful that the officers would stoop so low.
    It is all about racism-the children are seen as crimminals. I hope that the mother gets them psychological help. In this way, they can share their thoughts and feelings i.e. process what has happened to them so that they can go on and live complete and satisfying lives.

    Juanita Shell
    November 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm

  15. Westerville just showed the world their disrespect for Blacks. Their court system is loaded with Blacks being dealed bad justice by a mayor court system, which the initial contact is racist cops like this one arresting two small childrens after scaring them to beyond normal. As the city of Westerville, and Westerville Police to cites other cases like this, and you’re not see other Children (White) being treated the same.

    Tyrone Thomas
    November 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm

  16. If parents would take the time to raise there children to respect and obey there elders, abide by the rules at all times have structure in there lives, the road in life will be much smoother..
    This is one case were i see the children have grown up like weeds just wild & the whooping they
    deserve would be against the law.

    Michael EverReady Sanders
    November 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm

  17. The mother says the officers “violated her children’s rights”? The only rights a 7 and 8 year old have is to behave themselves, go to school and learn. Let her keep this attitude up…this won’t be the last time she goes and gets them out of jail. If she had some sense, instead of making excuses for their nonsense, she would use this as a “scared straight” moment and help them begin to understand that anti-social behavior has consequences.

    Dee Cee
    November 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm

  18. Hoorah to the Westerville Police Department for deciding to handcuff a 7 and 8 year old and put them in a cell after a school bus fight in October. This is probally not the first time these two brats became unruly, pushing the bus driver, cussing and threatening to punch the principal.

    The mother of the two children should be glad that the kids are now terrified and having nighmares after the incident. Maybe they will think twice before becoming unruly, pushing the bus driver, cussing and threatening to punch the principal.

    There I said it and I mean it. The first time my son got in trouble I thought they were a bit too rough on my son, I didn’t complain. I let them take him, he never went again, instead he grew up to be a fine young man and great husband and dad.

    November 17, 2011 at 10:59 pm

  19. The question that boggles my mind is, “Why did the school authorities feel that such drastic measures needed to be taken with these children?” Once this question presented itself, there were many more that began to surface as well. Was this a case of children simply being children or something more than was expressed in its entirety? Was this an isolated incident concerning these kids or a repeated behavior exercised by them? Could it possibly be that this duo were a constant menace to/for students and school facility alike? Could it be that frequent attempts at resolving past issues with the acting parent proved ineffective or unresponsive? Lastly, do you think that the rights of a minor can or should be rescinded if that child has violated the rights of others or has committed a crime? I’m sure that I am not the only one trying to make sense of this situation. I’d love to hear your feedback and your views.

    April Mills
    November 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

  20. Of course we are sooooooooooooooo quick to believe the Police version of what took place. Black people are so quick to go against one another ! At the beginning of this story they say the two sibling allegedly became unruly . ALLEGEDLY BECAME UNRULY ! OF COURSE THEY WOULD SAY THAT OF BLACK CHILDREN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LORD KNOWS I’VE SEEN ALOT OT UNRULY DISRESPECTFUL WHITE CHILDREN IN MY LIFETIME BUT NEVER ARE THEY HANDCUFFED AND CARTED OF TO JAIL !!!. WAKE UP BLACK PEOPLE !!!!!!!!!!! STOP BLAMING THE MOTHER . YOU DON’T KNOW HER ! BUT YOU DO KNOW THAT THIS TREATMENT OF BLACK CHILDREN BEING ARRESTED IS WAAAAAAAAAAAY OUT OF HAND.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:11 am

    • @Terry:
      You are sooooo right! Since when should children be handcuffed & carted off to jail for fighting? This kind of treatment is only reserved for black kids, & then to hear us condoning it is sooooo insane & self hating. Its no wonder that this type of oppression against us continues. No one is condoning the kids bad behaviour & they should be disciplined by the parent(s) , but to encourage that they be jailed, & to blame this all on the parent, is sickening to hear. Especially coming from blacks themselves. We have become such a sick & disillusioned race to encourage & accept this kind of treatment of our own children. Whites would never permit or encourage this type of treatment of their kids, & white kids are some of the worse behaved kids ever. Our kids are our future & to suggest that they be jailed for any youthful indiscretion is not the way! They need our love & guidance just like all other children. If they screw up, then they should be disciplined by their parents, not imprisoned! Why are we so willing to throw our kids away to the system? Aren’t there enuf of us locked away in the system already? Where would we all be if this type of racist unjust monstrous treatment been allowed when we were growing up?

      November 18, 2011 at 2:41 am

  21. This is our system: Don’t spank them, let them be unruly so we (the system) can lock them up. SHAME!!!!SHAME!!!!

    L. Butler
    November 18, 2011 at 3:06 am

  22. Right Terry, the kids were angels, oppressed by the evil bus driver and Gestapo. Plain as day.

    John Prewett
    November 18, 2011 at 3:59 am

  23. These are the kids who disrupt the classroom and making it impossible for other kids to learn. The kids who want to learn should have a nice talk with the disruptive kids and explain the consequences of sabotaging their lives. But this would indicate black disunity against the evil system.

    AJ Weberman
    November 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    By: David W. Johnson, Jr.

    Well Brothers and Sisters, we have another wakeup call
    A New Law Allows Loaded Guns In Our National Parks
    Will we now have even more of our names on deaths wall
    Nothing but more hatred and racism will such laws spark

    Would they pass a law like that for Inner-City Citizens?
    Course not; they do not care about their lives being saved
    They consider us losing our lives as merely misdemeanors
    These people prefer us in our graves or have us re-enslaved

    Firearms will remained banned in federal buildings
    Can be carried in private lodges & concession stands
    To Our Children, a lot more deaths these type laws brings
    Hey, let’s take control of our lives into our very own hands!

    Doesn’t have anything to do with Race, a lot of you will say
    Pass laws that if not hunting only police can carry weapons
    For some politician’s stupidity, with dead bodies, we will pay
    Very, very soon African Americans will loose lives by the tons

    Do I believe African Americans will be the only ones dying?
    No but the racists does not care if non-racist loose their lives
    When we loose our lives they like seeing our loved ones crying
    No more college degrees, they want us killed by guns or knives

    Who in their right minds would want guns around little babies
    If it is done illegally, that’s one thing but making it legal is crazy
    Such people should be locked in a cage with wolves with rabies
    Unless we protest this law, we truly are sorry, worthless and lazy

    Chris W. c*x, NRA’s chief lobbyist, is a supporter of the law
    Probably consider African Americans nothing more than pest
    Even think we should still be in fields picking cotton or bailing straw
    WAKEUP, we are “Returning To The Days Racist Love The Best”

    David W. Johnson, Jr.
    November 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm

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    To: My African American Family & Americans Citizens Who Are Concerned about All Americans and Not Just A Particular Race

    Re: Stop Procrastinating & Step-Up & Let’s Start Uniting For A Positive Change For Everyone, Regardless of Race, Creed or Color

    Dear Citizens,

    I do not know what it going to take for us to wake-up to the reality that the groundwork for a new America is being laid out. It was already in the works but those who were planning it, were not prepared for President Obama, so they have stepped things up.

    You have been reading my messages for sometime now but I do not just set at my computer, I go out and try to bring about positive change, as well. Yes some of my family and people I thought were my friends, have turned their backs on me but as long as I have God and God’s true believers and not phonies on my side, I will be just fine.

    When young people and adults are doing something negative, they are all over the NEWS. When it comes to something positive, they get two-minutes or less and it is over. Do not misunderstand; I am not blaming the media. If adults helped one another and our young people do positive things with their lives, television, radio stations and the inter-net would have no choice but to broadcast the good and bad.

    In conclusion, I am begging my fellow African Americans and all caring Americans to stop running from and/or ignoring the problems. We must step-up to the plate, start hitting home runs and scoring touchdowns for America’s future. OUR CHILDREN need mentors and a good education, not deaths and prisons, if they are to survive. I am asking you to help me and others like myself to “SAVE OUR CHILDREN” and give America a much-needed future.


    David W. Johnson, Jr., Founder & President
    If We Save Our Children We Save America

    David W. Johnson, Jr.
    November 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

  26. It’s not ALWAYS about race, ALL the time.

    November 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

  27. I’m here daily caring for the owner of this PC, quite noticeably whenever I go against the establishment, my posts are denied. Maybe a Jewish fellow that recognizes racism in the police departments aren’t to your liking or you just don’t like hearing the truth from a NON-GENTILE??

    November 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm

  28. I have not read a comment from any teachers on this line yet, so here’s mine. As a middle school teacher who’s trying to get out of the school system. Most of you have no idea how bad kids are, until you spend time with them five days a week. Try dealing with these knuckle heads on a daily bases. Our team of four teachers, had a PTA conference just a month ago for 300 hundred kids. During the three hour session, only 10 parents showed up. If the parents dont teach at home, how can we teach in the public school system. These little 7 and 8 year old kids, have been mislead by there PARENTS. Don’t expect us to carry out the duties of the parent, in the school system. I teach because I care. But I refuse to do the parents part also. That comment may sound rough, but I am a rough teacher. I refuse to have kids distrupting my classroom, when others are there to be educated. So to all of you parents, sending your unruly kids to school:” you better wake up because they are hiring tougher teachers like myself to take them out.”

    Brad Caldwell
    November 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm

  29. I would say that I remember when a white kid who was going out of control was arrested last year, so it could happen to a white kid, too. You could argue it’s more likely to happen to a black kid. One thing to consider is these people were on a bus, and that’s very disturbing when kids get out of control. The driver needs to make his route. They pushed the bus driver. Why does the mother have two kids acting like that? What about her needing to raise them well? These kids could, actually, later end up in jail if they don’t learn how to behave properly. I don’t agree with how the police handled it, but what do you do when the kids refuse to listen? They have to listen to the cops. Those who said a white child couldn’t be handcuffed haven’t read the news story about the white kid who was handcuffed and pepper sprayed. That’s even worse than what these kids endured. People are right to blame the mother, too. Why didn’t she raise them properly?

    November 20, 2011 at 8:06 am

  30. I think the officer was wrong and went abot this the wrong way.The officer shold have took the little bad — kids home to their mother and informed her of what was going on . As for the young man that passed the first lick he should have gotten in trouble also. He should have told her that she could be held accountable for what her kids do. I know in North Carolina if a parent can’t controll her kids the courts will send them to juvie hall or away to boot camp.

    B Martin
    November 22, 2011 at 6:39 am

  31. My son is 6 and in the first grade. He would never come remotely close to doing what these kids did. He knows we whoop butts in this family for that kind of behavior. Bottom line is, if her children were taught how to behave and respect ALL adults, then the police would have never been involved.

    December 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm

  32. It is amazing when I see people cannot stick to the term that article presented addresses. What the article address in light of other recent articles posted and the trend to law enforcement to treat children (black children) in abusive ways. I guarantee if anyone trying to make irrelevant arguments relevant in light to the real articles content (law enforcement abuse of black children) had a child that experience this would have far different arguments. I have two children who are now in college and they have not always been models of the good behaviors that I have exemplified. The article topic is clear, what I find is comments by some who want to turn a discussion into to distracting entertainment.

    Montely Wilson
    December 17, 2011 at 4:52 am

  33. Black People, did we forget one common sense thing as minorities in America: WE CANNOT DO LIKE THEY DO! We seem to forget that every time we do wrong, we are going to be nailed for it. It’s almost like those of us who like to scream about being black actually forget that we ARE black. Tell the children that they cannot act wild against authority like white kids do. No, it’s not right, but it is what it is. Black kids go to jail for buying drugs, white kids get “scared” or “a good talking to” from cops. I’ve seen it. Until racism is gone, our children need to remember to be careful. And racism aside, I don’t know what else a cop is supposed to do if a child flat out refuses to calm down.

    Open Fist
    January 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm

  34. never mind answering all of this madness , some of your comments and reactions tells a lot about why children act the way they do . those kids just should thank their lucky stars they didnt have my grand mother , they would be choir kids for like . and every time they hear another incident like theirs they would have a*s whipping flashbacks and all the neighbors would join in too

    Donnie devine frazier
    April 4, 2012 at 11:38 pm

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