According to Cafemom: Get ready for your "people be crazy" story of the day. A 7-year-old was handcuffed by police and charged with robbery over allegedly taking $5 from a classmate after school. Not crazy enough for you?
Wilson Reyes was allegedly interrogated for 10 hours over the missing money before he was finally allowed to see his Mommy!
The whole over-the-top incident comes out of the Bronx, where a kid apparently dropped $5 on the ground in front of some other little boys. One of them scooped it up, and Wilson got blamed (wrongly, it turned out).
OK, fair enough. These things happen. But you'd expect a principal to call all the kids involved into a room, hash it out, find out who was to blame, and get the money back, right? You wouldn't expect a 7-year-old to be hauled out of class by police and handcuffed.
You especially wouldn't expect this whole thing to go down without his mom being notified. But Wilson spent four hours in custody at the school and another six at the precinct.
When his mom was finally notified and got to the precinct, she says cops initially wouldn't allow her to see her little guy! When she was finally allowed in, a lawsuit against the city alleges she found her 7-year-old handcuffed to a wall.
Yes. She's suing. Wouldn't you?
If a child does something wrong in school, parents don't just want to know; they need to know. It's their job, after all, to raise a good, upstanding citizen. They can only do that if they are fully aware of what they are up to at school.
It's also their job -- and their right -- to be the child’s advocate. Remember what it was like to be seven? Imagine being accused of doing something you didn't do. That is not a very good feeling.
Wilson is now out of police custody, and the ridiculous "robbery" charge against the 7-year-old has been dropped. But this ordeal has no doubt changed him forever.