Girl, 9, arrested for throwing tantrum
Do your kids love candy? How much do they love them? Well as much as they love them, we are willing to bet that they do not love them as much as the 9-year-old girl who faces four accounts of felony charges -- after being denied candy on Halloween.
It was supposed to be like any other routine Monday bus ride to school…the only difference was that Monday also happened to be Halloween — known as ‘International Sugar Rush Day.’
According to reports, the fourth grader from the Royal Palm School was peacefully having candy at her seat when the bus driver told her to stop. It is company policy to not have kids eat on the bus as it could dirty the bus.
Now most kids would probably give the bus driver a dirty look…or if it was a Singaporean kid, probably comply quietly because after all, we Singaporeans are completely capable of raising good mannered kids. But this was not Singapore.
This was Florida and in Florida, when kids are denied their candy — they throw tantrums and when we say “throw”, we mean literally.
The little girl started yelling profanities towards the bus driver after threatening to hit other kids on the bus who were by this time completely terrified by her psychotic behaviour. The bus driver attempted to calm her down but she spat on him and then jumped off from the parked bus.
But oh, it gets worse.
As if hurling profanities wasn’t enough, she started throwing asphalt at the bus…and that’s when the cops came by. It was not known whether the cops were just in the area or someone called them in but what is known is that, the nine-year-old went even more ballistic when she saw them.
When the cop ordered the little girl to stop throwing the asphalt, she replied:
“F*ck you! F*ck you! Shut the f*ck up. I will f*ckin kill you.”
In true WWE style, she then picked up an aluminium patio chair and hurled it at him. After blocking the chair with his arm, the cop restrained the child, who then “attempted to bite my arm and said, ‘I am going to kill you, get off of me!”
The pint-sized terror was charged with battery on a public school employee, resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, and throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle.
But then, it gets even more batcrap insane than what it already was.
The cops initially did not want to place her in a jail cell after they took her into their custody but once she started to act up again, they had no choice but to do so. Once inside the cell, she started banging her head on the wall repeatedly that cops had to pepper spray her as to let her calm down.
The girl’s mother, Dawn Hoshor, told reporters that her daughter is schizophrenic and can become aggressive when she is without her medication.
There was no indication as to whether the girl had taken her prescribed dose the day of the incident. It’s yet to be confirmed that that’s the case.
We don’t know what’s worse: A nine-year-old with a debilitating disorder, or a nine-year-old who might have learned this behaviour from home. As of now she’s been handed over to her parents’ custody and has been ordered home detention for 21 days.
On one hand, it sounds harsh if she was having “an episode,” as it were. If she wasn’t acting like herself and if her medicine helps, then why keep her from attending fourth grade for three weeks?
On the other hand, if she’s not schizophrenic, if she’s just a sad, angry and lost little girl who was brought up in an environment where episodes like these are common, then home detention isn’t the right answer, either.