September 29 2012

Alexa Gonzalez Still Has an Arrest Record

There’s nothing like a school’s stupidity to screw up a young girl’s life.

You may not remember Alexa Gonzalez, but back in 2010 she was arrested for doodling on a desk at Junior High School 190 in Forest Hills, NY. The school had a zero tolerance policy on graffiti, and it deemed her writing on a desk in erasable marker as violating that policy. She was searched, handcuffed and taken to a the police station across the street by four New York City police officers.

On this week’s episode of 20/20 it was al about school scandals. Britini Colleps and her escapades with five students was featured, but by far the more interesting update was on Alexa Gonzalez. Now 15, Gonzalez ended up suing the school over her 2010 arrest and settled out of court for an undisclosed six figure sum.

Sounds like all ended well for her, doesn’t it?

Sadly, that’s not the case. It seems that the one thing that couldn’t be taken care of was the arrest remaining on her record. She was indeed “guilty,” so her heinous act of doodling that she loved her best friends on a desk – again, in erasable marker – has left her with a record. I would assume it will be expunged when she turns 18, but for now, this sits there, haunting her, and who knows what it could do to her job and college prospects.

As I stated in the original report, what has happened to common sense? Okay, she violated the graffiti policy, but how about detention or something else for such a minor infraction? Oh no, have her arrested and screw up her life for years. That’s a perfect solution!

Schools never cease to amaze me.

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