Do the police go too far?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-12-2005
Do the police go too far?
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Fri, 04-04-2008 - 3:37pm
School officials in Pennsylvania called police after a parent repeatedly sent her children to school with lice, despite the school’s policy that children with lice be kept home until they are clean. Now that mom is in jail awaiting a preliminary hearing. Only a few weeks ago, another mom was arrested in Illinois after leaving her toddler alone in the family vehicle. Although those charges were eventually dropped, these two similar cases beg the question: did the police go too far? Or, was the arrest justified? What do you think?
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-12-2005
Fri, 04-04-2008 - 3:42pm

I believe, in the first case, the woman was passed out when they came to her door to tell her about the kids. Our local news said that she had been snorting Xanax. I am curious how much that had to do with the decision to charge her. I did not see anything that stated whether or not an arrest warrant was issued prior to finding her passed out.

In the second incident, with the toddler left in the car while the mom was nearby, I thought that was a little extreme.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-23-2007
Fri, 04-04-2008 - 6:19pm
I don't know the laws in either state.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-29-2002
Mon, 04-07-2008 - 9:35pm

When my Sisters were in elementary school they had a friend that was sent back to school eventhough she had lice.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-17-2003
Mon, 04-07-2008 - 10:24pm
I didn't know until recently, but you aren't even allowed to leave a child in the car while you return a video (just walk a few steps to the drop box from your car).
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-23-2003
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 11:03am

< My DD has just spent the last 4 days dealing with the flu, because this kid vomitted all over her area in the classroom.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-29-2002
Wed, 04-09-2008 - 6:51pm

I have to admit, right now I am a bit peturbed by the whole situation.

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