After the fiasco of the Muslim student in Texas who was arrested for bringing his clock in to school, we now have the case of a 12-year old Sikh boy again from Texas who was handcuffed, suspended from school, and spent three days in a juvenile detention center because of fears that his backpack that contained a built in battery pack that enables one to recharge a cell phone was really a bomb.
He explains what happened.
The authorities are claiming that the boy did admit to making a bomb threat and that was why he was treated that way. But even if that were true, surely it merits at most a reprimand? We are, after all, talking about young children who may not fully appreciate the fear-driven society we now live in. After all, how long would it take to realize that the battery pack is not a bomb?
What really shocked me is that the school authorities could not be bothered to make sure that the boy’s parents were notified before shipping him off to the detention center.
Singh spent nearly three days in the juvenile detention center. His family, meanwhile, frantically tried to figure out what was going on.
His parents told the Morning News that they were never notified by police that their 12-year-old boy had been arrested. Instead, they began to get worried when Armaan never came home from school last Friday.
Adding to their concern was the fact that Singh has a heart condition that has already required three surgeries.
When Singh didn’t come home, his parents searched their apartment complex and then went to his school. Finally, they called the principal, who told them that Singh had been arrested but said she didn’t know where he had been taken, according to Armaan’s older brother, Aksh Singh.
The family had to resort to calling 911 to learn that Armaan had been taken to the juvenile detention center, they told the Morning News.
Expect another lawsuit.