Comments on: 11-Year Old Boy Arrested & Handcuffed for Drawing Stick Figures http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/ Inspiring others to create. Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:41:33 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 By: Mike http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7948 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:23:21 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7948 It is here where they should take the “Cannibal Corpse” defense. Cannibal Corpse is a death metal band whose lyrics, and even song titles, are extremely violent and explicit. When the band is confronted with this, they simply respond, “It’s a release of frustration. Would you rather metalheads actually go out and commit these horrific offenses?”

Proximity to Columbine should have had no bearing on their decision to /arrest/ the child. It was an overreaction, plain and simple.

By the way, I do enjoy listening to Cannibal Corpse. I am not sure how the parents who read this blog would react to it though. Probably something between disgust and revulsion. 😉

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By: Jensine Lowe http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7470 Mon, 02 May 2011 23:06:44 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7470 It is very, very common for young boys to draw violent scenes. I’m sure plenty of those police officers did the same thing as children but do not remember. Very much and over-reaction and the poor child is probably very traumatized now.
Maybe some child in his class told his or her parent what happened in school that day, and the parent freaked and called the police, due to a child’s over-exaggeration? Not sure..

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By: cheriki http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7334 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 17:27:03 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7334 sorry bout the ba spelling daddy is calling

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By: cheriki http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7333 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 17:26:34 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7333 wtf so if the principal didnt tell the police then who did
the principal was lieng clearly they just made up the story so the school woulnt be sewed plus what showing your frustration thru art is dangerous what the fu its clear to me the principal wont tell the truth and the fu**in teacher was over reacing plus people should be encouraged to express them selves so you wont do nasttins

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By: Greta http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7137 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 16:58:37 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7137 I think sometimes when we leave our childhood behind we also leave behind the frustrations that we felt as children and the ways we dealt with them. I am sure if most of us look back we will see that one of the healthy ways we dealt with frustrations at school or home was to doodle. While a drawing of someone shooting another in todays society is something not to be ignored. We need to remember that asking questions first, finding out the facts is still the best way to start ‘fixing’ something. I hope this does not set back all the progress that was made with therapy and cause him to be afraid to draw.

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By: Caroline Z. Marcos http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7128 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 04:37:53 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7128 Unbelievable! I agree with the mom and therapist, this experience was probably traumatic for him!

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By: leah http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7127 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 01:03:34 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7127 I really think this kind of hysterical reactivity to a child’s drawings could only happen in the US.
However I do suppose it would be the only place on the planet where it is legal for everyman to possess a gun.

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By: Sheri http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7125 Sun, 03 Apr 2011 16:55:17 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7125 This story is truly sad and frightening to me on a multitude of levels. Many years BEFORE Columbine, I had a young man walk into my office with a “violent,” image he had drawn. As an expressive arts therapist and LCSW, I took a deep breath and asked him how the image had meaning for him. For the first time in his life this 17 year old young man was able do tell someone he “heard voices,” and needed help. After a full assessment, I made a contract with him until we could get him the support he needed. If I had over reacted the young man may never have gotten the help he needed. That is why we do assessments. The child in this video was already in treatment, why not contact his psychiatrist first? Locking him up? Could this get any more traumatizing?

What has now happened is this child has learned NOT to share his feelings. In his mind, he probably felt the feelings, he’s likely had a very hard time in the classroom if he suffers from ADHD…FEELING feelings is very different than acting on the feelings and it’s when we STUFF the feelings that things like “Columbine,” actually happen.

I am truly saddened by this event and for his family and I hope that they get the support they deserve through the publicity of this event. I think it speaks to the need for education within school systems for art therapy and expressive arts techniques.

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By: Julia http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7122 Sun, 03 Apr 2011 03:36:57 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7122 So… I’m confused. The principal sent him back to class for the rest of the day and THEN after school was out they called the police? If they thought he was such a risk why in the world would they send him back to class?

I think the school should of contacted his parents, the parents should of contacted his Psychiatrist, then there should of been a conversation between the adults about what kind of risk he truly was to himself or others and a plan on how best to help this kid deal with whatever was frustrating him.

I can’t imagine the damage this did to him. All because the adults did not handle it rationally. I also don’t think we can use Columbine and the tragedy that happened there as a justification to overreact to every angry child who is learning how to express himself.

Having said all that… a kid that is drawing pictures like that is definitely asking for some help. Unfortunately now he’s going to need even more. I hope he gets the support he needs.

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By: Michele http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7116 Sat, 02 Apr 2011 18:15:25 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7116 When a child expresses a strong feeling like this and it is observed by a responsible adult, there is a need to communicate with that child and understand the expression rather than simply react. This child did not have a real gun, was not outwardly threatening anyone, and according to the article he was calm at the time (not disrupting the class). Images are powerful, and often times adults react to children’s images in a concrete fashion without realizing its potential as a safe release. This is not to say that the image should have been ignored, but clearly this was an unprofessional and exaggerated reaction. This is a perfect example of how a school art therapist would have been beneficial here. As professional art therapists, we are all able to look beyond the manifest content and assess the potentiality of whether the child’s image represents potential harm to himself or others. There was a similar case as this in Florida many years ago with a much younger child… he drew himself punching another child and the teacher called the police and had him arrested in the classroom. As an ATR-BC I have been invited to talk with teachers and school counselors about childrens’ art and school violence. It was a great discussion and it seemes that through education and communication they felt more able to know how to respond to a piece of art they questioned.

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By: Sandy http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7114 Sat, 02 Apr 2011 16:41:15 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7114 Drawing is NOT doing. Most art therapists understand that. I question the communication between the school, the parents, the child and the therapist. A little bit of “Tommy has been encouraged to draw out his frustrations and anger so as to dispel the energy behind that and calm himself enough to participate effectively” may have averted this problem. Ahh…integrated care, anyone?

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By: Erin http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7113 Sat, 02 Apr 2011 16:33:04 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7113 Wow, this poor kid was just trying to draw out his frustrations and doing what he was told to do by his therapist. Why were the police even contacted in the first place. I agree with the above post, the parents should have been called in with a counselor to discuss what was going on. Did the school contact the police? I don’t remember hearing who did. I think that sending him to a psychiatric facility was a little over the edge as well. Don’t schools have a procedure or an assessment to follow when they think the child is having issues?

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By: Donica http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7111 Sat, 02 Apr 2011 13:46:39 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7111 Agreed. It’s reasonable to take action, but the police? Three days at a mental institute in Colorado Springs?! Uncalled for. Better to sublimate these feelings on paper than other real violent ways. We Have more work to do in educating everyone about our work.

This is really unfortunate. :/

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By: Kathy http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7110 Sat, 02 Apr 2011 13:43:50 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7110 I concur completely with Elizabeths comment! I just read an article yesterday outlining a legal case involving art therapy… interesting!

Through the eyes of the law: What is it about art that can harm people? International Journal of Art Therapy: Formerly Inscape Volume 13, Issue 2, 2008, Pages 65 – 73
Author: Neil Springham

free download at http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/17454830802489141

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By: Elizabeth http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7109 Sat, 02 Apr 2011 12:28:53 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7109 Remember Columbine? That happened nearby. It was reasonable to take action, but the choice of actions was wrong. The therapist and parents should have been called to a conference at the school. Safety of the teachers and students needed to be assured. But arresting an 11 year old and putting him through that experience was cruel and needless.

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By: Michelle Dantes http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7108 Sat, 02 Apr 2011 11:41:56 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7108 This family should sue all involve in traumatizing this young child and his family.

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By: theresa Mueller http://www.arttherapyblog.com/videos/11-year-old-boy-arrested-handcuffed-for-drawing-stick-figures/#comment-7107 Sat, 02 Apr 2011 08:08:23 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=1961#comment-7107 I believe the police were irresponsibly over reactive.

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