Have you seen this story about a 6-year-old boy who was committed to a psych ward for 48 hours because of a violent picture he drew at school -- against his mother's wishes?
A six-year-old California boy was institutionalized for 48 hours after drawing a violent picture at school. NBC's Kim Baldonado reports.
Experts say this could happen to any parent: Mental health professionals have the power to put any child in a 72-hour psych hold, without the parents' permission, if they think it's necessary.
In 6-year-old Jack Dorman's case, he drew a violent picture and wrote that he wanted to die. Syndi Dorman says her son suffers from separation anxiety and was having a rough time because her husband was in the midst of being deployed to Iraq. She says she told school officials she would get him to a therapist that day, but they said it was out of her hands and an ambulance was already on its way.
Dorman said the ambulance ride was traumatizing for her son.
"I was trying to reassure him it would be OK and he asked if I'd come back for him, and I said of course I'm going to come back for you."
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines released a statement, saying in part, "When any student indicates a desire to take his or her own life, the LAUSD is required to follow strict protocols to ensure the safety of the student ... The safety of LAUSD students is paramount. We did the right thing here."
Dorman says that Jack is scared to go back to school, and she's considering home schooling -- can you blame her? What would you do if this happened to your child?