The 5-year-old girl didn’t even know what the word “suicide” meant but after drawing a picture with a crayon and making gun noises she was forced to sign a no-suicide contract with the school.
Apparently the kindergartner drew something that resembled a gun and then pointed a crayon at another student and said “pew, pew.”
According to Gawker.com,
5-year-old Elizabeth was sent home after school officials made her take a questionnaire to evaluating her for suicidal thoughts, then had her sign the safety contract promising to contact an adult if she was thinking of suicide or homicide. This all happened while her mom waited in the lobby to pick her up, the upset parent told WPMI.
According to her mom, Elizabeth didn’t know most of the words on the contract she signed. “Suicide,” in particular, was a new one for her.
“Mommy, daddy, what is suicide?” Elizabeth’s mother says she asked.
The school, E.R. Dickson Elementary, didn’t respond to WPMI’s request for comment on whether treating 5-year-olds as suicide risks is normal protocol in these situations.
Elizabeth’s mom said school officials recommended the 5-year-old see a psychiatrist. She refused.