School Forces 5-Year-Old To Sign Suicide, Homicide Contract
After pointing a crayon at another pupil and saying ‘pew pew’, a 5-year-old girl named Elizabeth was made to sign a contract saying she would not kill herself or anyone else.
Extremely upset, the girl’s mother Rebecca said staff at E R Dickson Elementary School, in Mobile, Alabama, gave her daughter a questionnaire on suicidal thoughts following the above-mentioned incident in class.
Rebecca, who didn’t disclose her last name, was shocked and appalled when school officials sent Elizabeth home early after she drew an object which ‘resembled a gun’, having the 5-year-old sign off the questionnaire which dealt with ‘Past thoughts of hurting self,’ ‘Current thoughts of suicide,’ and ‘Frequency of suicidal ideas’ among other things.
And, the mother had no clue about the contract. She had been waiting at the school’s lobby at the time and everything was done without her consent.
“According to them she pointed a crayon at another student and said, ‘pew pew.’ There should be a different way to handle this situation. If this is protocol it needs to be looked at again.”
According to Rebecca, E.R. Dickson Elementary requested that Elizabeth see a psychiatrist. Rebecca also said that her child has never heard most of the words in the contract in her life.
“My child interrupted us and said, ‘What is suicide mommy? Daddy what is suicide? As a parent that’s not right. I’m the one should be able to talk to my child and not have someone else mention words like this in front of her at all.”
The school has yet to comment on the matter.