A Canadian father was arrested and strip-searched Wednesday after his 4-year-old daughter drew a picture of a gun in her kindergarten class.
Ontario dad Jesse Sansone told the Toronto Sun his little girl’s drawing was supposed to be him, getting monsters and bad guys. Her teacher apparently thought differently, and the school contacted child protective services. When Sansone arrived to pick his daughter up, three police officers were waiting to take him into custody.
“I’m picking up my kids and then, next thing you know, I’m locked up,” he told the Waterloo Region Record. “I was in shock. This is completely insane.”
Police questioned Sansone’s daughter and his other children, who gave a “detailed description” of a firearm supposedly located in the house and easily accessible to them, Inspector Kevin Thaler of the Waterloo Regional Police said, according to the Calgary Herald.
“The kids were scared,” Thaler. “It is a 4-year-old that we’re taking the information from, but the fact is that this disclosure was very descriptive and very alarming to the officers investigating this.”
He said the arrest was made “because it was the end of the school day” and officers felt they needed to “secure and locate the firearm.”
When I speak with concern about government overreach, this is the kind of thing I am talking about.
Not only did the school and police department overreact, they are so far gone in their nanny-state mentality that they can not see where they did wrong. No apologies are offered to Mr. Sansone for being publicly humiliated and detained over a 4 year old's drawing.
The school and police officials had no reason to believe Mr. Sansone was a danger to his family or others; nevertheless, they treated him like a menace to society.
If it weren't for the second amendment to the constitution, this would be happening in America.