A mock arrest in Georgia left one boy in tears, after his mom arranged for police to “give him a scare.” According to reports from WRBL-TV, Chiquita Hill posted images of her handcuffed son to Facebook which have since gone viral.
Hill said she was at the end of her rope after weeks of repeated warnings from her son Sean’s school. Apparently 10-year-old Sean was repeatedly disrespectful to his fifth grade teacher, and slacking on his classwork.
“I was sitting there trying to decide how I am going to discipline Sean,” said Hill. She noted that her previous attempts to discipline the child didn’t work. “So I made it up in my head I’m just going to call the police.”
Officers agreed to Hill’s plan and went so far as to handcuff the boy and put him in a squad car, pretending to take him to jail—complete with flashing lights.
“I don’t know what they said to him but he came running down the hill, gave me a big hug said ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry,’” said his mother.
Reactions across social media have varied—many users feel that it is an inappropriate use of police resources. Others say she was just a concerned mother trying to teach her son a hard lesson.
Hill said she was assured by the officers that her son was never in danger. They also cautioned that authorities are busy and cannot always make themselves available for these types of house calls.
Watch the report below.