As Matt Denn Talks About Fighting Legislation, 13 Year Old Is Arrested, Sent To Hospital & Detained For Six Hours

Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn talked about Senate Bill 207 yesterday, the  new legislation introduced by Senator Margaret Rose Henry on Thursday.  The bill’s purpose is to change the rules about fighting in schools so the police aren’t automatically called.  Meanwhile, downstate, a 13 year old African-American teenager was arrested for a fight at school.

The father alleges the police handcuffed him, arrested him, and took him to the local hospital.  He was put in a closed room for six hours and his mother was not allowed to see him.  As well, the father claims blood was drawn from his son without consent.

For purposes of this article, I am not revealing the names of the child or his family.  But I will say many are up in arms over this matter and I can’t really blame them.  In my opinion, the way this was handled was absolutely over the top and absurd.  The last thing we need is more action by the police that is viewed as excessive.  I’m sure this will come out with more detail by the major media over the next few days.

In the meantime, check out Senate Bill 207.  Had this legislation come out earlier, yesterday’s events may not have happened.  My sympathies to this family for going through this ordeal.


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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

3 thoughts on “As Matt Denn Talks About Fighting Legislation, 13 Year Old Is Arrested, Sent To Hospital & Detained For Six Hours”

  1. Hmmmm… I am not familiar with the situation you reference. I do agree the treatment seems excessive as described. I am not sure what other circumstances are involved …if any. I, too, would be very upset if denied seeing my son. Downstate has a serious heroin problem and I am not sure if that concern was involved.
    In general, I do not agree wth AG Denn in this issue. The current state program in place that provides first time offenders and low level offenders a chance to serve community service and receive probationary period is very fair to youth. This program helps keep youth from being placed “in the system” and gives them a chance to learn from situation. Once a child becomes a repeat offender, I think the probation status is revoked. At that point, it is irresponsible to place students in school population withoit behavioral therapy and coping skills. Unfortunately, there is no state structure for this type of help and school districts cant afford these type of specialists. As a result, these students are funneled right back onto school without addressing needs. Too often, they become frustrated.

    I have concerns about the state’s direction with student needs. First, AG Denn would like to limit/restrict the AG reports schools receive on students enrolled. This leaves school community as disadvantage in addressing student needs and possible safety of situation. Second, the fastest growing diagnosis is special education is ED (emotionally disturbed). I have learned this area increases through middle and high school years. These students might have a different process as a result of IEP. Students and parents get upset that there may be different rules for different students. Third, it seems AG Denn is very naive in the result of protecting the rest of the school community. Cough up a dime to help those students rather than dismiss their needs. This policy enables pipeline to prison without intervention.


    1. Once you tell me how successful law enforcement has been in managing the behavioral patterns of the youth they come in contact with, I will agree with you Anc. However, I think most of the black community will tell you that legislators and school administrators who seem to believe that police should handle drug treatment and behavioral theropy for kids, have done nothing but contribute to the school to prison pipeline through their ignorance and callousness.


  2. If we truly wanted to stop fighting in our schools, after 3 incidents we’d shave their heads, give them dog tags, send them to Parris Island and make them run 22 miles every day in the South Carolina sun with 100 pound backpacks. If we made this mandatory after age 18, fighting would no longer remain the rite of entering manhood or womanhood, as it is today.

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