Young Girl Arrested at School for Writing on Her Desk

In today’s WTF news, NYC middle school student Alexa Gonzalez had the audacity to use a marker to scribble, "Lex was here 2/1/10" on her desk Monday. She also wrote "I love my friends Abby and Faith," the NY Daily News reports. And even though the 12-year-old insists those scribbles could have been erased, Gonzalez was arrested for her actions.

The girl’s mother, Moraima Tamacho, says her daughter was released several hours after she was taken in handcuffs to a police station. Education department spokesman David Cantor served as the voice of reason and said the incident shouldn't have happened, and that common sense should prevail.

Apparently that’s easier said that done. Last month, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit alleging more than 20 instances of wrongful arrests and assaults by school safety officers.

As punishment for acting her age, Gonzales has been sentenced to eight hours of community service, a book report and an essay on what she’s learned from the experience. We think she should title her essay, Why Some Adults Need to Grow Up.