Boy, 8, Arrested for 5th Time in 4 Months

Filed under: In The News, Behavior: Big Kids

Police have repeatedly been called to arrest an 8-year-old boy. Credit: Getty

He grabbed, bit, kicked and pushed teachers. He spit on an adult. He punched out a window with his hands. He threw chairs, sticks and other objects at teachers and students. And, now, he faces his fifth arrest.

It's been a busy four months.

No, this is not another Charlie Sheen story. This is all the work of an 8-year-old boy.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the child, who attends Riverside Elementary School in Orlando, Fla., spends most of his time at the school in a unit designed to help students with significant emotional or behavioral problems.

He spends the rest of the time, it seems, with police.

Arrested on March 1 for the fifth time since November, the newspaper reports, the boy spent the next three days in juvenile detention.

His rap sheet would make young Al Capone jealous with charges as aggravated battery, criminal mischief and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Are these repeated field trips to the hoosegow helping?

Maybe not, school officials tell the Sentinel, but they're necessary to protect others.

The problems allegedly began Nov. 10 when, according to the newspaper, police responded to reports of the boy assaulting a teacher and spitting on a another adult.

"Take me to jail!" he allegedly demanded. Police obliged.

Calls to police are a last resort and are made only when "the student gets so unruly and out of control," Ron Pinnell, a senior school administrator in Orlando, tells the Sentinel. "It's not something they take lightly. You have to think through it."

This might be the end of the line for the boy -- at least at Riverside. His mother, through the Orange County Public Defender's Office, tells the Sentinel her son will not be returning to school.

Some people fault school officials for the way they have handled the situation, the newspaper reports.

Robert Wesley, an Orange County public defender, tells the Sentinel he has taken the case personally because his younger brother has a disability and sometimes lashes out.

"Why aren't we dealing with this more holistically? Why are we dealing with it the way we deal with an adult who has hit somebody or damaged some property?" he asks the newspaper.

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