12 Year Old Alexa Gonzalez NYC Student Arrested for Doodling on Desk


File this one under … UNBELIEVABLE and where is the common sense in our schools today!

Alexa Gonzalez, a 12 year old NYC middle school student was arrested and put into hand cuffs at the Junior High School 190 in Forest Hills, NY and perp walked to the precinct across the street, where she was detained for several hours. What was the 12 year old’s crime … hazing, attempted assault, possession of a lethal weapon? No,  she was caught doodling on her desk with a marker the following: “I love my friends Abby and Faith,” “Lex was here. 2/1/10″ and a smiley face.

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What is wrong with schools these days? Arrested for this!!! One might think it was more criminal how the school handled this situation as compared to doodling on a desk.

“I love my friends Abby and Faith,” the girl wrote, adding the phrases “Lex was here. 2/1/10″ and a smiley face.

But instead of simply cleaning off the doodles after class, Alexa landed in some adult-sized trouble for using her lime-green magic marker.

She was led out of school in cuffs and walked to the precinct across the street, where she was detained for several hours, she and her mother said.

“I started crying, like, a lot,” said Alexa. “I made two little doodles. … It could be easily erased. To put handcuffs on me is unnecessary.” Alexa, who had a stellar attendance record, hasn’t been back to school since, adding, “I just thought I’d get a detention. I thought maybe I would have to clean [the desk].”

City officials and the City Education Department spokesman David Cantor acknowledged that Alexa’s arrest was a mistake and ” … shouldn’t have happened.” Really, what was your first clue? What would possess an individual to be so ignorant as to arrest a 12 year old girl for writing on her desk? What justification could there possibly be? How are these people even allowed to be around children, let alone in their charge.

Interestingly enough, all the gutless wonders in the education system ate now looking to CYA and not take the fall for this egregious miscarriage of justice.

Education officials say it was a “mistake,” but the principal of a school where a 12-year-old girl was arrested and cuffed for doodling on her desk won’t back down, the student’s mom said Friday.

Alexa Gonzalez no longer faces a suspension for scribbling with a lime green marker, but principal Marilyn Grant told her mother, Moraima Camacho, that agency policy dictated that she calls the cops.

No Principal Marilyn Grant, some times common sense is supposed to be used and seeing that you have zero, you should hardly have a position of being in charge of any child.

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  • Comments

    14 Responses to “12 Year Old Alexa Gonzalez NYC Student Arrested for Doodling on Desk”

    1. rightknight on February 6th, 2010 12:08 pm

      a Progressive
      Princess of a
      Principal lacking
      Primary Principles
      of her Principality.

    2. Tamikosmom on February 6th, 2010 2:37 pm

      Red … on this issue … we will have to agree to disagree.

      If my almost 12 year old grandson was caught defiantly defacing school property … I would rather he was scared straight now rather than waiting until he was keying vehicles at the age of sixteen when the consequences would be much more serious.

      Obviously … the threat of a detention … or being made to clean the desk (felts?) if caught was not a deterrence for this young lady.


    3. Scared Monkeys on February 6th, 2010 3:52 pm


      The punishment does not fit the crime and it is a complete waste of police resources. If a school cannot get through to a kid about doodling then they got issues.

      Janet if that were a crime during my school days … I’d be serving 10 to life right now ;-)

      Just saying.

      Who honestly did not write on their school desks when they were a kid?

      Schools have much bigger issues than this with kids today. Also, this kid and her parents will be owning this school after they sue them.


    4. Tamikosmom on February 6th, 2010 4:55 pm

      Janet if that were a crime during my school days … I’d be serving 10 to life right now


      Red … maybe if you were “scared straight” the first time you defaced property … your actions would not have esculated to a point where you would be facing life. LOL

      My husband and I caught our son at the age of 12 signing our signatures to homework slips. We went up one side of him and down the other as well as taking away privileges. Good friends felt that we had overreacted. After all … he was only 12 and .. the issue was homework slips. My husband … who considers his words very carefully … asked this well intended couple if we should wait until he is apprehended for forging checks to make a big deal.

      I concede that there are different ways that this incident could have been handled. However … if it were not for her advocates … I believe the simple feel of handcuffs on this young lady’s wrist would have made her think twice before again defacing property that did not belong to her. In other words … a lesson in respect would have been learned.

      I remain bloodied but unbowed. LOL


    5. Scared Monkeys on February 6th, 2010 5:51 pm

      #4, lol …

      It was a different world back then. It was a school right of passage to leave your mark on a desk.

      Just a simpler time


    6. Tamikosmom on February 6th, 2010 5:53 pm

      Who honestly did not write on their school desks when they were a kid?

      Schools have much bigger issues than this with kids today.


      Red … its me again.

      1. Me! Honestly … defacing school property was never a consideration. I was no goody goody but I feared the consequences that would be metted out by the school. At the same time, I feared the consequences that would also be metted out by my parents. Doing right because it is right is not alway the motivating force.

      2. Maybe many of the bigger issues that schools face with students today would not be so huge if … these issues had not been tolerated when they were little issues.

    7. Scared Monkeys on February 6th, 2010 6:26 pm

      #6 Next thing you are going to tell me is that you never put a tac in one’s chair or hid the lesson plan on the substitute teacher. ;-)

      Please tell me you at least passed notes in class … give me that much, lol.


    8. Tamikosmom on February 6th, 2010 6:32 pm


      Have a good day Red.

      3:30 PM PT

    9. Greg the Mongoose on February 6th, 2010 10:19 pm

      When will NYPD arrest Jon Gosselin?

    10. Brenda in Virginia on February 7th, 2010 10:13 am

      You know? If she’d been caught having sex in the bathroom, they’d have only given her a slap on the wrist…not handcuff them together. Yup, what an terrible criminal this little girl is to write on a desk as opposed to like brining a gun to school The shame…..

    11. Michelle on February 7th, 2010 1:54 pm

      #10 Exactly…Too harsh of a punishment for a silly little rule breaking. Next they will be arresting kids for bringing cell phones to school. Kids bring guns to school, sell drugs, alcohol, have sex, smoke dope and God knows what else and they want to make an example out of a 12 yo writing on a desk. Geez, she didn’t even right obscenities or make death threats. Yup, she is obviously a threat to society.

    12. Scared Monkeys on February 7th, 2010 2:37 pm

      Oh wait, UPDATE … now I see why they arrested the 12 year old girl. On Sunday Fox & Friends this AM, she and her mom were on.

      They frisked her and checked her book bag. They found WHITE OUT! That’s it, throw her in the Gulag. Thank heavens she did not have any paste or crazy glue. Are you friggin kidding me???!!!

      Was she in school or getting on an airplane?

      If I had known she had a bottle of White Out on her, then all bets are off. Guilty!

      The one thing that the media has not brought up is the wasted man hours that were done by actually going to the police station and having this girl arrested.

      Just a hunch, but I am sure that their time could have been better served. As well as the school principals.

      I think the scared straight moment would have been accomplished by the mere threat of being arrested, not the actual act.


    13. Ray on February 8th, 2010 9:15 am

      This sounds like a Barney Fife operation. Any decent cop would have told the school to stop wasting his time. If this girl starts disliking cops I will understand. Her mother should take all her pencils and ink pens away.

    14. oh well on February 19th, 2010 6:39 am

      @ Janet
      are you kidding me? what’s the matter with you? its not a police fuction.The school should deel with it. where would you draw the line kindergarden? call the parents. look if a teacher cant deel with minor stuff please by all means quit. and janet if everyone did what you suguest the justice system would be overloaded.

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