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Dad arrested and strip-searched after daughter draws picture of gun at school

by | 26th, February 2012

school Gun Dad arrested and strip searched after daughter draws picture of gun at schoolTO Kitchener, Canada, where father of three Jessie Sansone is being arrested because his daughter Neaveh has drawn a picture of a gun at school. The teacher has asked the four-year-old why she has drawn a picture of man holding a gun. Neaveh replied:

 “That’s my daddy’s. He uses it to shoot bad guys and monsters.”

Says Jesse Sansone:

“I’m picking up my kids and then, next thing you know, I’m locked up. I was in shock. This is completely insane. My daughter drew a gun on a piece of paper at school.” 

Mr Sansone is “summoned to the principal’s office where three police officers were waiting. They said he was being charged with possession of a firearm. He was escorted from the school, handcuffed and put in the back of a cruiser. At the police station, Sansone talked to a lawyer who said only that he was being charged with possession of a firearm.

He is handed a blanket and told he will soon appear before a judge:

“I was getting pretty scared at that point. It seemed like I was actually being charged at this point.”

Then he was strip searched.

“To be honest with you, I broke down. My character got put down so much. I was actually really hurt, like it could happen that easy.” 

Alison Scott, executive director of Family and Children’s Services is unrepentant:

“From a public safety point of view, any child drawing a picture of guns and saying there’s guns in a home would warrant some further conversation with the parents and child.”

Sansone was released.  He was then forced to agree that his home be searched. Says Sansone’s wife, Stephanie Squires:

“I just think they blew it out of proportion. It was for absolutely nothing. They searched our house upside down and found nothing. They had the assumption he owned a firearm. The way everything happened was completely unnecessary, especially since we know the school very well. I don’t understand how they came to that conclusion from a four-year-old’s drawing.’’

The school principal, Steve Zack, blames the State:

“Police chose to arrest Jessie here. Nobody wants something like this to happen at any time, especially not at school. But that’s out of my hands.”

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