“A plastic toy gun [above] is to blame for the mayhem that saw a man arrested at his daughter’s school this week,” therecord.com reveals (from the wilds of Kitchener, Canada). Sure, blame the gun. In fact, the chain of event leading to Jessie Sansone’s worst day ever started when his four-year-old daughter Neaveh drew a picture of a man holding a gun at school. To be clear, Neaveh was at school, not the gun. The man in the picture wasn’t at a school, either. It was a drawing of a man holding a gun. When Neaveh’s teacher asked her young charge about the image, she IDed the man in the pic as her Dad who used the weapon to “kill bad guys and monsters.” And that’s when all hell broke loose . . .
Neaveh’s teacher at Forest Hill Public School was concerned by the drawing and called Family and Children’s Services, who assessed the case and called police. After being interviewed by police at the school, Sansone was handcuffed and taken to the police station in a cruiser.
There, Sansone said, he was forced to remove his clothes for a full strip search.
Sansone’s wife, Stephanie Squires, was also taken to the police station.
Three of the children were taken to Family and Children’s Services to be interviewed.
It was found in the home of the Kitchener father of four after he was arrested over a drawing his daughter drew at the school on Wednesday. Jessie Sansone was strip-searched but not charged.
Note: Sansone told the paper that he had a previous conviction for assault and attempted burglary. Nothing firearms-related, apparently. Anyway, the school board, police and child welfare officials immediately apologized to the Sansones for the entire incident. Not.
The school board, police and child welfare officials all say proper procedure was followed in the case.
“We did what we were supposed to do,” said Gregg Bereznick, the Waterloo Region District School Board’s superintendent of education.
Now where have I heard that excuse before? Godwin’s Law indeed.