Get a load of this:
The girl was to return to the classroom today, but her mother said that won't happen. "She's never going back to that school," Inda Akins said Thursday evening from her apartment on 39th Lane S. "They set my baby up."(Emphasis mine.)
Ah, the legacy of Marion Berry.
The 31-year-old single mother of three said she is consulting an attorney.(Emphasis mine.)
No I’m not clairvoyant. It doesn’t take a crystal ball to figure out that there is no father in the home in which this little girl grows up. As Dark Star alludes in the last post on this subject, a good Dad is the Regulator; the Maker and the Enforcer of the Rules. Mom can do this also, but something about Dad gives him a natural authority in a child’s eyes. Example: even as an infant, my little sister would immediately stop crying whenever my dad spoke, no matter how wet, how hungry or how PO’d she was.
But in the Akins home, not only is there no father, the “mother” can’t even make a decent show at trying to regulate her offspring.
As [Akins] spoke, her three children rambled through the apartment. The girl, the oldest child, rode a pink bicycle through the living room, one of the training wheels missing. Her brother got up on a table and swatted a light fixture, laughing.Recall the video of the little girl climbing on the classroom table. Riding a bike in the living room? There is no discipline in that home!
And of course everything is that awful assistant principal’s fault.
Akins, whose last name is different from her daughter's, blamed the assistant principal, Nicole Ross Dibenedetto. She accused Dibenedetto of harping on the girl to the point where she "acted up" in class. "Ever since I told her to stay away from my daughter, there's [sic] been problems."That’s right. No part of this incident is the mother’s fault. And this woman expected the assistant principal of her daughter’s school to stay away from one of her students. This gives us an idea of the mentality these school officials have to put up with.
I feel really sorry for all three of Akins’ offspring.
It’s still hard to accept seeing police officers put handcuffs a five-year-old and I still think that they went overboard. However, it becomes more evident that any method of resolving this situation would have come out badly.
Because only the symptom of the problem would have been treated.
I don't know if the girl has emotional problems or not. But I'm willing to wager that she will carry her problems to the next school that she attends. No kid can prosper without discipline.
In ten or fifteen years, I predict that Inda Akins will be saying the same sorts of things to the press after the Law hauls off one of her offspring for real.