Mom of 6-Year-Old Daughter Who Had Police Called For Finger Gun Gesture: "This is About Changing a Policy"

Police We're Called After a Finger Gun Gesture Was Made

The Rich Zeoli Show
February 07, 2020 - 11:03 am
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The mother of a 6-year-old daughter, with down syndrome, is calling for her school district to change their zero-tolerance policy after her daughter had police called on her for making a finger-gesture towards her teacher.

In an exclusive interview with 1210 WPHT Morning Host, Rich Zeoli, Maggie Gaines, said:

“When you have mandates like this, and you do take away the professionals ability to make judgments, you just sweep in a bunch of situations and children, like my daughter, who really shouldn’t be effected by this.”

Gaines continued, “It ends up being what’s considered a zero-tolerance policy, in my opinion. And we find that those don’t work. For one, they don’t find the threats that you want to find. This whole process is supposed to identify kids who might be exhibiting risky behavior, that the school needs to intervene to try and make sure they get the help they need.”

Gaines told Zeoli that this simply comes down to wanting a change in the Tredyffrin,Easttown School District policy of “zero-tolerance.”

“This is really about we need to change this policy and make it right for all kids, not just my kid. I recognize her story was one that people would really resonate with them and I’ve heard from lots of parents who feel they can’t speak up. They feel their kids would be judged more harshly than mine. So, that’s why I’m speaking out because I want this policy changed.”

Listen to the full interivew below: