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Police arrest parent for trespassing on child's school grounds, school lockdown

On Thursday, the Walnut Groves Elementary school called a parent to the school to check on her child but turned around and had the police arrest her for trespassing. This was uncalled for and the police and the school principle over-reached their authority with this incident. A teacher called Niakea Williams because her son, Michael who has Asperger's syndrome was have some emotional issues. Ms. Williams did what any concerned parent would do; she dropped everything and went to the school to check on her child. Walnut Groves Elementary is part of the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

“I was lying in bed when I received a frantic phone call from the teacher, Michael was panicking.”

--- Niakea Williams.

When Ms. Williams arrived at the school, a school official buzzed her in and she immediately went to her son's classroom to talk with the teacher.

“I saw a teacher and she said Ms. Williams what is wrong? I said something is wrong with Mikey and proceeded to go straight to my son."

--- Niakea Williams

As soon as Ms. Williams entered her son's classroom, she consoled him but as if she wasn't already dealing with one emotional crisis, the principle approached the parent and stated that she failed to sign in and therefore, she violated school policies.

“I didn't sign the book, but I had to check on my son. You can bring me the book, She said oh no, I've already called the police. You called what?”

--- Niakea Williams

Moments later the Calverton Park Police arrived with not one but 4 officers. According to the police, they were advised by the dispatcher that there was an "unauthorized entry to the elementary school." During this time, the principle put the school on a 12-minute lock down until the police arrived.

“They escorted me away from my son, who already has emotional distress. Four officers told me to turn around and put my hands behind my back, I was under arrest!"

--- Niakea Williams

Reportedly, Ms. Williams was arrested and taken to the police station where she was charged with trespassing.

Personally, I feel as if the principle jumped to conclusions. A teacher called Ms. Williams basically urging her to come to the school. Secondly, a school official buzzed the parent into the school and at that point should have advised that she needed to sign in. This woman was clearly there for her son who has special needs. Ms. Williams should sue the school district for public embarrassment and for basically putting her in the very position that led too these chain of events.

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