Nadia King is a six-year-old special needs student from Jacksonville, Florida.
On February 4th Nadia was reported to an agency called Child Guidance, which is a crisis care provider for what school personnel said was the destruction of school property.
Allegedly, King, who has ADHD and Global Developmental Delay, was having a tantrum. Which seems odd because she knew who and what the purpose of the Police was.
However, Child Guidance instructed Love Grove Elementary to place King in a mental facility where King was held for two days and sedated.
King’s mother says she was never notified of her transfer. Stating she received notification of her placement through a third party.
Immediately kings mother went to the facility where Nadia was being held. However, when finally allowed to see her daughter, Nadia was heavily sedated.
Meanwhile, Police body camera footage shows a compliant and curiously adventurous six-year-old Nadia King. As she benevolently interacts with officers. Causing one officer to say, ” I think they are overreacting to her. There’s nothing wrong with her”.
How did we get here?
The Baker Act is a law that allows for involuntarily placing people in mental institutions if they are seen as a threat to themselves or others.
Between 2017-2018 over 36,000 children were committed to Florida due to the Baker Act.
This number has almost doubled between 2018-2019.
Many want to know if Nadia was in a special needs class, why weren’t the teacher adequately trained to deal with any special needs issue?
Furthermore, Who authorized the sedation of six-year-old Nadia King?
Meanwhile, Police say they were just called to transport the child. While the school claims they were following the instructions of the crisis providers. Thus Leaving Child Guidance to explain what and why this happened.
With the recent revelations of a school to prison pipelines. One could say that Florida has created a school to mental institution pipeline.
Once fingers begin to point, someone and something has crossed the line. However, with African Americans on edge across the nation. Knowing their children are not safe and will be targeted may drive them over the edge.
What are your thoughts on the case of Nadia King and the Baker Act? Do you think it’s ok to arrest or commit a six-year-old child?
Let us know in the comments.