This is so outrageous. If I were Landry Thompson‘s mom I’d be raising hell over this. Landry, who is 13, travelled with her two male dance instructors to Houston to attend a dance clinic. The trio became tired and on their way to the hotel they fell asleep at a gas station parking lot. I mean, sure, that isn’t the smartest idea but either is driving when you can’t keep your eyes open. They were awakened by police who cuffed Landry, stuck her in the back of a police car, and refused to listen to her dance instructors who had a signed and notarized permission slip for having Landry with them. From KHOU.com:
All three dancers said say they pleaded with the police repeatedly telling them their story, but that in the end, none of that seemed to matter.”
“They still put handcuffs on me and it really scared me,” said Landry. “And they put me in the back of a cop car and I was terrified.”
Landry was taken to Child Protective Services. Her mom couldn’t believe it when she found out.
“I was horrified,” said Destiny Thompson. “She was with the people I wanted her to be with. She was with people I trusted. And now she was taken away from those people and in a shelter with people I didn’t know.”
Thompson claimed she was told she’d have to fly to Houston to get her daughter out. But 11 hours later, following repeated phone calls to officials, Landry was released back into the custody of her instructors.
Destiny also said she would really appreciate an apology. I can’t imagine how scary this must have been for everyone involved. It takes a special type of person (and people) to care enough to work with teens and to take them to a seminar where they can learn from professionals and also take responsibility for them, it’s a lot of work being responsible for a kid much less one you aren’t even related to. I’m sure Destiny knows the dance instructors and trusts them and this is why she let her daughter go out of town with them. Landry wasn’t in distress and she explained to the police why she was with the men. It makes no sense why they took her away and stuck her in protective services for 11 hours. Plus, the fact they told Destiny she had to fly there to pick her daughter up is just absurd. I can’t help but think this never would have happened if Landry had been with two women of the same race.
I can see detaining the trio if they had no permission slip and no identification and Landry seemed upset or if the cops suspected drunk driving or something, but from this report I can see no reason why any of this happened. Except, ya know, racists. Hopefully they all get the apology they deserve.