KITCHENER — A plastic toy gun is to blame for the mayhem that saw a man arrested at his daughter’s school this week.
It was found in the home of the Kitchener father of four after he was arrested over a drawing his daughter drew at the school on Wednesday. Jessie Sansone was strip-searched but not charged.
Sansone’s four-year-old daughter Neaveh had drawn a picture of a man holding a gun and said it was her daddy, triggering fears that the family home contained a weapon that was a threat to the children.
The school board, police and child welfare officials all say proper procedure was followed in the case.
“We did what we were supposed to do,” said Gregg Bereznick, the Waterloo Region District School Board’s superintendent of education.
Stephanie Squires holds the toy gun her daughter appears to have used as
inspiration for her school drawing that led to her dad’s arrest and strip search by police.
Neaveh’s teacher at Forest Hill Public School was concerned by the drawing and called Family and Children’s Services, who assessed the case and called police. After being interviewed by police at the school, Sansone was handcuffed and taken to the police station in a cruiser.
There, Sansone said, he was forced to remove his clothes for a full strip search.