I’m waiting for my mom to come get me. Is she in there? She’s at work today. I want to go home. I got in trouble at school today.

R, age 10

R was brought in from school by a policeman, he stabbed a schoolmate– but it is unclear what the tool was, a pencil, knife, fork… He was waiting to be picked up by his mom who couldn’t come get him until she got off work, for fear of losing her job. He was checked on every five minutes. The director of the facility recalls an 8-year-old being brought in for taking a bagel and states, “this is not the place for these offenses.”

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