Elementary school officials under fire

A 6-year-old in Florida was sent to a mental health facility without her parents’ permission after outbursts at school
1:48 | 02/15/20

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officials in Florida are under fire after playing a 6-year-old in a mental health facility for two days in isolation for 48 hours. Did authorities go too far? The girl's family is asking for offenses. Here's Steve osunsami. Reporter: There is outrage tonight over what's happening here to this 6-year-old girl in Jacksonville Florida, seen in police body camera video that authorities are now releasing. Is that a police car? Yeah, that's a police car. You want to ride with me? Reporter: Her name is Nadia and she's a child with special needs. She was led out of her school last Tuesday and committed to a mental health facility for two days after the school says she was a threat to herself and others. Her family says they were told she was throwing chairs and having tantrums in class when an outside medical professional made the call to have the child committed. As she's being led away, the girl is calm. She is fine. Reporter: In the car, you hear the officers debate the school's decision. I don't see her -- in how they say it. Just follow me just in case. But she isn't. She's been actually very pleasant. Reporter: In Florida, the baker act allows for someone to be temporarily detained for up to 72 hours because of mental illness. As many as 36,000 Florida children are committed this way every year. The girl's mother says the family was in the middle of changing the daughter's psychiatric medication. She's just not able to communicate due to her disability. She can only tell you bits and pieces. "Mommy, they locked the door, they wouldn't let me O. Mommy, they gave me a shot." Reporter: Authorities say they reached out to the mother first, as required by law. The mother says she only learned

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