Skip to Full Menu

Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

State Says School, Not Jail, Should Deal With 6-Year-Old's Behavior
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 2, 2006

NAPLES, FLORIDA--The state of Florida has decided to drop a felony battery charge against 6-year-old Takovia Allen, who was arrested last month for kicking a Lely Elementary School teacher's aide.

The Naples News reported Thursday that Assistant State Attorney Hoang Dang said the prosecutor's office thought it would be more appropriate for the incident to be handled through the school system.

"There's not a lot of things we can do with a 6-year-old (in the court system)," Dang said, adding that the child would not understand the nature of the proceedings.

According to her mother, Tamara Williams, Allen has a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and is one of six students in a classroom of students with "behavior problems".

On May 2, Allen apparently became upset after a classmate broke her pencil. When teacher's aide Debra Dolan tried to line the children up to go to music class, the 3-foot, 9-inch, 50-pound girl refused to go and kicked Dolan in the ankle.

Dolan reported the incident to school officials, who met with law enforcement officials and decided to press felony charges against the girl.

Allen was arrested, charged with battery on a public education employee, and taken to juvenile jail where she was held for four hours.

Williams later said she doesn't understand why the school failed to follow the individualized behavior plan that was in place to address such situations.

"She shouldn't have kicked the lady," Williams said of her daughter. "But they took it too far."

Williams said they would be working on a new behavior plan to be implemented this fall.

"State drops battery charge against 6-year-old girl" (Naples News)
"Editorial: Arrest went over the top in disciplining 6-year-old" (Naples News)


©2019 The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
 370 Centennial Office Building  658 Cedar Street   St. Paul, Minnesota 55155 
Phone: 651.296.4018   Toll-free number: 877.348.0505   MN Relay Service: 800.627.3529 OR 711   Fax: 651.297.7200 
Email:   View Privacy Policy   An Equal Opportunity Employer 

The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center,the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.