Authorities were called to Scoil Gráinne Love Grove last week after the girl, Nadia King, “destroyed the school property, attacked the team, out of control, and ran out of school,” the report said. .
When a clinical social worker in the school told the answering officers that Nadia was “a threat to herself and others,” she was taken to the River Point Behavioral Health for a 48-hour psychiatric evaluation under the Baker’s Baker Act, mentioned in the report.
The Baker Act provides an opportunity for the retention of a person ‘s mental health facilities for up to 72 hours for evaluation. A law enforcement officer, a mental health professional or a judge of the Circuit Court may involuntarily dedicate a person under the act if they are thought to be mentally ill, refuse a voluntary examination and if they are perceived as threatening themselves or others.
A solicitor for Reganel Reeves, the girlfriend’s mother, said that a school representative contacted the mother after the decision to admit the girl and that she was on her way to the facility.
Reeves said Nadia was a child with special needs who had a “more caring seaweed in school.” She has diagnosed a attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, called ADHD, a pest disorder and is being tested for autism, the solicitor said.
In a statement, Duval County Public Schools said that the school staff followed the procedure of the area during the incident and when they informed the girl’s parent.
The decision to admit the girl under the Baker Act made the professionally licensed mental health care employed by Child Guide, a private, non-profit behavioral health care organization, the school district said.
“When a student is at risk of self-harm or harm to others, the school area’s procedure is to call our Child Response provider, Child Guidance,” said the school district.
CNN has gone to Child Guidance for comment.
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Nadia’s mother, Martina Falk, does not know what happened directly in the school but she says that her daughter should never be brought to the mental health facility, her solicitor said.
The attorney said Nadia is not able to “articulate what happened.”
The girl’s medicine was changed recently, Reeves said, and the girl could have a hard time. Her mother told the school about the medication change, but says that the school did not mention any issues before the incident on 4 February.
A physical video camera issued by Sheriff Jacksonville’s Office shows the time when two officials left the school with the girl, who had her hand and guided her to a police cruiser.
When a girl asks if she is going to prison, a female officer answers “no” and tells her not to wear any other chair.
A minute later, the female officer heard saying, “She is really very pleasant.”
“I think more of them don’t want to deal with it,” said a male officer, according to the video.
The school district said that the officers were not present during the “events” which led the school to call a Children’s Guide or when a Children’s Guide was intervening with the student.
“The Baker Act was decided by the mental health consultant from Child Guidance, not the police officer or school personnel,” the district said in a statement. “The student was calm when she left school, but at that point, Child Guidance had already decided on Baker Act based on their intervention with the student.”
Reeves said that parents should have the opportunity to intervene before a mental health worker decides because a phone call to the parent or guardian would help make a child calm.
The family wants to investigate what happened, what actions were taken and who decided to send the girl to a mental health facility, Reeves said.
“We want accountability,” said the attorney.