A DISD Sixth Grader Was Arrested for Robbery Today for Trying to Steal $4 From a Classmate

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There's a robust debate, and a small handful of legislative proposals, aimed at reforming a school disciplinary system that charges hundreds of thousands of students each year with misdemeanors for things like chewing gum or wearing too much perfume.

What happened today at DISD's alternative school, formally known by the Orwellian-sounding Learning Alternative Center for Empowering Youth, doesn't fit into that category. This was a robbery.

Here's how things went down: A sixth grader was standing in the lunch line at noon when he felt someone reach into his front right pocket, where he was keeping $4 he'd brought for a new student ID card. The hand belonged to a classmate, also in sixth grade, who'd watched the boy stow the money after a teacher told him he'd have to wait until after lunch to buy the ID.

The boy managed to pull away with the cash still in his pocket, which angered the would-be thief, who happened to be considerably larger than his victim. He pushed the boy hard in the chest, knocked him to the ground.

The boy dusted himself off, tracked down two Dallas police officers who were working off-duty jobs at the school, and told them he wanted to press charges. According to a DPD incident report, they interviewed the boy and decided there was enough there for a robbery charge.

They arrested the larger boy, called his parents, then took him to Dallas County's juvenile justice center which, if nothing else, gives credence to the notion that DISD's alternative school is a pipeline to prison.


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tape_is_glue_and_bac
tape_is_glue_and_bac

Robbery?  What about the assault? 

PS:  Collective punishment is a violation of human rights, but schools do it all the time despite the fact that it's immoral.

russell.allison1
russell.allison1

The other glaring factor that comes to mind:  I'm fairly certain that the developmental genius that exists at the upper levels of the DISD have probably overlooked entirely that young men entering adolescence are flooded with testosterone and equally flooded with the raging emotion and aggression commensurate with that hormonal release.  I know that the non-alternative school my 12 year old attends does nothinng to address a physical release for that energy (i.e. vigorous exercise) so I can probably be doubly certain that this school ignores this as well.  That would seem a logical and easy place to start, but logic departed the Dallas public schools a long time ago. 

russell.allison1
russell.allison1

While there may be some genetic or psychological precursors to anti-social behavior we cannot absolve the parents of young children who are already involved in crimes against persons.  So, how about this for young kids on the fast track to TDCJ and their parents:  your under 16 year old kid breaks the law, you as the parent get charged as well.  I'm still working on ths brilliant plan, but I can see a kid, much as this article presents, being charged with a crime and along with him, the parent is likewise charged with a similar crime.  The process of eliminating the charge could involve both parent and child together attending some  form of counseling and greater scrutiny of grades and school performance for the kid.  Sounds harsh, but we have to return an to those parents an incentive to maintain some sense of responsibility for that childs behavior. 

And, I use the plural, ParentS; we also need to provide incentive for fathers to remain a part of this childs life and further incentive that this participation is healthy and positive.  If it is the threat of jail, so be it.   

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

As the article points out, this kid is already in alternative school. This means he had enough behavior problems that they probably have tried everything else in their power to correct his behavior. Personally, I think he should have also been charged with assault. 

WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

This thief will either go to prison or to the City of Dallas IT department ... and then to prison.

I guess when DISD will not do anything about the robbery/bullying, then you have to call the cops. 

if6were9
if6were9

I thought it had to be more than $50 dollars? I guess the DISD is good at something, after all, and that's busting punks. 

melinda_cook68
melinda_cook68

He's already in an Alternative school. Most likely for behavior issues. So I don't have an issue with him being charged for being a bully and pushing the other boy down and taking his money because apparently he has a past history of doing things of this nature.

melinda_cook68
melinda_cook68

He's already in an Alternative school. Most likely for behavior issues. So I don't have an issue with him being charged for being a bully and pushing the other boy down and taking his money because apparently he has a past history of doing things of this nature.

Blake Wilson
Blake Wilson

You do realize that DISD is the pipeline to prison, no interference from the school needed.

Blake Wilson
Blake Wilson

Hey, this is DISD, that 6th grader could be 17 for all you know. The real crime is that he's probably reading at a 3rd grade level. Can we talk about bike lanes and who's got the best hamburger/taco/patio?

GriffManstrong
GriffManstrong

Child is bullied or beaten up at school and kills self/retaliates against classmates.

Media: WHY DIDN'T THE SCHOOL/AUTHORITIES DO SOMETHING? WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!?!?

Child robs and assaults another child. Is arrested by police.

Media: HOW CAN THE POLICE BE SO HARD ON THESE LITTLE ANGELS? WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!?!?

Make up your mind.

Theartistformerlyknownas Heifersaywhat Johnson
Theartistformerlyknownas Heifersaywhat Johnson

Robbery for a 6th grader? Really? What about theft? I have a fundamental problem with criminalizing everything a child does wrong. Kids will steal, kids will fight, kids will do alot of things. It's why they are kids. I even have an issue with store deciding to automatically press charges on kids giving them a record just because they can or they have biases. This is craziness. he should be punished but arrested? This is indeed a pipeline to prison situation to ensure those private prisons that Perry has allow to flourish continues to have residents. I hope it just an arrest v being officially charged. If they put corporal punishment back into schools alot of this owuldn't continue to happen but these kids know they have teachers by the balls.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

Is there any connection between this story and the guy getting robbed in Vickery Meadows?  Maybe it's a like father like son thing?

psoileau
psoileau

Well, well, well...  I'm glad the police officers took the victim seriously and took action against the alleged perpetrator.  What good, however, does it do to send a sixth grader to jail?  The boys parents need to (a) make restitution, (b) make the boy apologize, and (c) give that young man a whuppin' like he'll never forget.  Parents need to be involved in parenting, not the state.  


psoileau
psoileau

Well, well, well...  I'm glad the police officers took the victim seriously and took action against the alleged perpetrator.  What good, however, does it do to send a sixth grader to jail?  The boys parents need to (a) make restitution, (b) make the boy apologize, and (c) give that young man a whuppin' like he'll never forget.  Parents need to be involved in parenting, not the state.  


afaienza2
afaienza2

Back in 1996, at a regular non-alternative public school, I watched a 14 year old friend of mine get arrested for swearing at a teacher... this is nothing new to me nor is it exclusive to alternative schools...my friend was also white if that changes any other implications. 

Samantha Garrison
Samantha Garrison

He knowingly went to that kid and attempted to take his money.....then pushed him down when the kid fought back. This is not an "i didn't know that's what I was doing" type of situation.

OakParkStudio
OakParkStudio

I had to look at the calendar to make sure this wasn't April Fool's!

Are you kidding? If this were the 80's, the entire movie "The Breakfast Club" would have been shot at Lew Sterret.

What are we teaching our children in 2013?

Nick Augustine
Nick Augustine

Arresting this kid might install some healthy "fear of the system" - I tip my hat to my friends who work in juvi courts and scare 'em straight!

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

Wait, they were able to contact the larger boy's parents?  Plural, as in they know who the father is?  Well that is just swell. 

Steve Hunter
Steve Hunter

As long as we rush to judge the situation while only knowing the barest of facts, that's all i'm concerned about.

Daniel
Daniel

@cantkeepthetruthdown One minute liberals are authoritarian thugs, the next they're soft-on-crime wimps. You guys just can't make up your minds, can you?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@GriffManstrong 

Could you please point out anywhere in this instance where either of those two scenarios was represented?

I'm not saying it never happens, but I'm just not seeing it, here.

observist
observist topcommenter

@GriffManstrong Because the only two options are arresting and jailing 11-year-olds or doing nothing at all, right?

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@psoileau It keeps the sixth grader from robbing other sixth graders for a few days.  It also allows the other blessed children in institutions a chance to recruit a new member to their social club.  Said social club members create havoc in the community which in turn creates a market for private security officers and home security monitoring companies as well as county prosecutors, defense attorneys, and private prisons.

And the kid is already in the sixth grade and straight up mugging people in school.  I don't think the kid is worried about home discipline. 

if6were9
if6were9

@oakclifftownie @if6were9 So, shoplifting isn't robbery? And it seems like below and more than could be used intermittently, but you appear to be the expert, so i'll cede my position. 

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@if6were9 @oakclifftownie Shoplifting is generally not robbery. It could be, but most of the time a shoplifter walks in to a store and takes something without using force or threats. Which is what robbery is.

psoileau
psoileau

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @psoileau Once again, you've raised some valid points and concerns which I share with you.  Like you, I wish I had more than a cynical answer, but I just don't right now.  Gee, where did you come from?  You're just about the most reasonable and rational person with whom I've ever had contact on one of these message boards.    :)

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@psoileau @bealotcoolerifyoudid I just wish I had something other than a cynical answer. I think your answer would be the right answer, but we can't force parents unable or unwilling to parent.  And I am not judging the parents without knowing their situation. 

Reading the DISD articles and arguments the past few days this is the type of thing left out.  This kid has 6 to 8 more years of public school and is mugging children in school without fear of consequences.  Seriously, what do we do?  Keeping this children away from other kids is best for the other kids, but when we do that we ostracize a sixth grader.  Are we really ready to throw away a life this early?  Perhaps, perhaps not?

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