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article imageCanadian Dad arrested over child's drawing of a gun

By Katerina Nikolas     Feb 28, 2012 in World
Kitchener - A Canadian father of four was arrested and strip searched after his four-year-old daughter drew a picture of a man holding a gun.
Canadian authorities are standing firm behind their actions after arresting a father of four whose young daughter drew a picture of a gun, in spite of the man's innocence. Jesse Sansone was marched off to the local jail and subjected to a strip search, while his home was searched, all because teachers at Forest Hills public school in Kitchener, Ont., became suspicious when four-year-old Neaveh produced her kindergarten artwork.
According to RT Neaveh told staff that the picture was of her father who used the gun "to shoot bad guys and monsters." No attempt was made to contact the child's parents to discuss the matter. Instead staff alerted child welfare, who in turn called the police in. However, Mr. Sansone does not own a gun, nor did the search of his home unearth one, except for a toy one.
Three of Sansone's children were taken to Family and Children’s Service for questioning. Guns and Ammo reported Sansone’s wife, Stephanie Squires, said that “Nobody was given any explanation. I didn’t know why he was being arrested. He had absolutely no idea what this was even about. I just kept telling them. ‘You’re making a mistake.’”
The National Post reported that the superintendent of the local school board defended the course of action taken, saying "the teacher responded in the way they are supposed to and Family and Child Services responded in the way they are supposed to.”
Jesse Sansone said of the incident “I was in shock. This is completely insane. My daughter drew a gun on a piece of paper at school."
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