Top officials from Philadelphia’s Police Department and school district have apologized to the mother of a 10-year-old girl who was handcuffed and arrested last week for taking a pair of 8-inch scissors to school, reports the Philadelphia Daily News. Scissors are considered a weapon in schools across the state. Calling in “local police to address such a matter involving a 10-year-old criminalized the young student who apparently meant no ill intent by her actions,” read a school district statement.
Rose Jackson complained to the news media over the weekend that her daughter, Porsche Brown, had been the victim of excessive force. After a teacher found the scissors, city police were called under state law, the girl was handcuffed and taken from her elementary school in a police vehicle. “This is a child. You use common sense. The hell with the law,” said Jackson. “She didn’t threaten anyone. She didn’t show the scissors to anyone at all.” Jackson said Porsche was using the scissors to work on a school project at home. She believes her daughter inadvertently scooped up the scissors with other materials and put them in her bag. Harvey Rice, a state-appointed safe schools advocate said, “Look at the flip side. What if a child did hurt another child with a pair of scissors. Then people would be outraged that a pair of scissors was allowed to get into the school. I don’t think the law is crazy. There are going to be some instances, but we have to err on the side of caution and safety.”