Public Schools In Action: Kindergartners Taken to Jail For "Field Trip," Placed Behind Bars (InformationLiberation)
Thursday April 19th, 2012
Kindergartners from Sunnyside Elementary taking part in an "educational field trip" were taken to a jail, and some of the children even had the fortune to be put behind bars!
The Chicago Sun Times reports:
At 6 years old, Stephen Stovall has seen the inside of jail.The police go on to explain they never placed the kindergartners in "jail cells," they just placed them in a "holding area" which "has bars," and the children must have mistakenly "interpreted" said holding area for a jail. A satisfying explanation for a government educated pleb, no doubt.
But not because he did anything wrong.
Stephen’s kindergarten class was taken to jail at the Hillside Police Station on Monday as part of a field trip organized by a teacher at Sunnyside Elementary in that western suburb — a field trip parents were told was to be a visit to the library.
Now, some of those parents are upset because they were unaware the field trip called for their children to visit a jail.
“Is this supposed to be a scared-straight tactic?” Stephen’s indignant mother, Carmen Ware, wanted to know. “For 6-year-olds? I don’t get this. What exactly is Sunnyside School saying — that it is a temporary holding facility for the jailhouse?”
Stephen’s family says he was put in a jail cell — and locked up. Hillside police dispute that, saying the boy may have confused a holding area with bars a cell.
"It isn’t uncommon for elementary-age children to participate in local jail programs," the Sun Times notes.
No doubt, they do it every day.
[The appropriate image above is taken from a T-shirt sold by the Twin Rivers Police Officers Association who made the unfortunate "mistake" of letting the public know how they actually view them.][NOAD]