An Alabama mother is furious after she says her 5-year-old daughter was forced to sign a "safety contract" promising she wouldn't kill herself or others.
"This isn't right," Rebecca, who didn't want her last name made public, told WPMI-TV. "She's 5-years-old."
According to Rebecca, officials at E R Dickson school in Mobile had the child sign the contract after drawing something that "resembled a gun."
"According to them she pointed a crayon at another student and said, 'pew pew,'' she told WPMI.
School officials apparently became worried and had the 5-year-old fill out a questionnaire to evaluate whether or not she struggled with suicidal thoughts.
"(They) asked her if she was depressed now," Rebecca told the NBC affiliate.
"While I was in the lobby waiting they had my 5-year-old sign a contract about suicide and homicide," she added.
As WPMI noted, minors cannot legally sign a contract, according to state law.
"There should be a different way to handle this situation. If this is protocol it needs to be looked at again," Rebecca said.
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"My child interrupted us and said, 'What is suicide mommy? Daddy what is suicide?" she added. "As a parent that's not right. I'm the one should be able to talk to my child and not have someone else mention words like this in front of her at all."
Rebecca told WPMI school officials have additionally recommended her child see a psychiatrist for professional help.
The mother, however, does not think that is necessary and said she will fight to have the incident removed from her daughter's record.
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