When a group of fifth-grade boys gathered together to build a treehouse fort behind their homes, the last thing they expected was to have the police called on them who then responded with their guns drawn. But as local media reported, that’s exactly what happened last month in Georgia.
Eleven-year-old Omari Grant told reporters that he and his friends often played in the wooded area behind their subdivision and it had never been a problem in the past. However, as the young boys began building a fort in the trees, a resident from the neighboring subdivision made a call to 911 to report the activity in which the boys were engaged.
“There were falling hazards, tripping hazards, all types of hazards, so number one was concern for the children and concern for the environment,” Edgar Dillard, whose wife made the 911 call, explained.
Henry County police officers responded to the call and, for reasons which have yet to be explained, at least one officer drew his gun and pointed it at the children as they were ordered to the ground. The children were then treated like common criminals, forced to lie face down with their legs spread while the officers cleared the fort-building scene.