That’s legally binding, right?
A 5-year-old Alabama girl was forced to sign a contract saying that she would not kill herself, or anybody else. She was forced by the school to sign this contract, without her parents consent, after she drew an object that “resembled a gun” and then pointed her crayon and a classmate and said “pew pew.”
The girl’s mother, Rebecca, was asked if her daughter was depressed or not…but you don’t really hear about 5-year-old’s being depressed all that often.
Although the child was forced to sign a contract without her mother’s consent, State law in Alabama says that minors cannot even sign a contract, so it’s not like it’s a real, legally binding contract. It might just be a way of teaching the little girl that her behavior is unacceptable, but at the same time…what can they really do if she breaks the rules of the contract?
Rebecca, after being told by the school they wanted her daughter to see a psychiatrist, said that “There should be a different way to handle this situation. If this is protocol it needs to be looked at again.”
What is an appropriate way for a school to react to this? Should they see it as a legitimate threat, or should they view it as kids just having fun?