“She is fine,” the deputy says in the video. “There is nothing wrong with her.”
The school district said that the officers in the video were not present “during the events which motivated the school to call Child Guidance” or when the health counselor “was intervening with the student.”
Ms. Falk, a customer service representative, said that when she arrived at River Point Behavioral Health, around 11:30 a.m., she was told that her daughter was being held for 48 hours. She said she wasn’t permitted to see Nadia until 6:30 that night. When she did see her, Ms. Falk said the girl was sedated in a secluded room.
“I was crying, I was hysterical, I was angry,” Ms. Falk, 31, recalled, adding that she was able to bring her daughter home around noon on Feb. 6. “I don’t think she should have been Baker Acted. Why did they feel this was necessary?”
Ms. Falk said that Nadia, whom she described as prone to outbursts and tantrums, has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as well as a disability called global developmental delay. She said she had enrolled Nadia at Love Grove Elementary, which has a student body of about 420, because of its services for children with special needs.
Reganel J. Reeves, a lawyer for Ms. Falk, said the family planned to hold the school district accountable for the emotional stress the girl and her mother had endured.
“We put them on notice and intend to take legal action,” Mr. Reeves said on Monday.
In the meantime, Ms. Falk said that Nadia was now enrolled at another school.
“We are trying to get back to having everything as normal as possible,’’ Ms. Falk said. “We are maintaining.”
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