School Forces 5-Year-Old To Sign Suicide, Homicide Contract After She Makes Gun Joke

| by Jonathan Wolfe

We hear from time to time about schools, often elementary and pre-kindergarten ones, overreacting to what is almost certainly a naïve joke by a young child. Here’s another perfect example of that.

A five-year-old Alabama girl was forced by her elementary school to sign a suicide and homicide contract after she made a gun joke with a crayon. Here’s what her mother, who chose to only be identified as Rebecca, says happened.

"They told me she drew something that resembled a gun,” Rebecca told NBC News. “According to them she pointed a crayon at another student and said 'pew pew.”

When Mobile County Public School officials saw the drawing, they forced the young girl, Elizabeth, to take a questionnaire evaluating any potential homicidal and suicidal thoughts. They then made Elizabeth sign a contract stating that she wouldn’t kill herself or anyone else at the school.

"While I was in the lobby waiting, they had my 5-year-old sign a contract about suicide and homicide," Rebecca says. "There should be a different way to handle this situation. If this is protocol it needs to be looked at again."

The school is trying to convince Rebecca to take her daughter to a psychologist. Rebecca refuses to do so, and is instead trying to get the incident removed from Elizabeth’s record.

Source: NBC News