The school has a policy that they loosely enforce of requiring I.D to pick up a child and being on a list. I walked to the school because I don't have access to a vehicle right now and I forgot my I.D. When I got there my child was ready to leave with me and because I forgot my I.D when she went to walk home with me they physically took her and carried her away from me. Unfortunately I did not get this on video but if this situation happens again and I had evidence I want to know if I would have a case.
Quite simply, the school will say you didn't comply with procedures and it did.
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I am getting SO tired of people wanting video PROOF of everything. Do you really think that the school person you're talking about would argue with you about what happened? Are you so unreliable that you don't think your word is good enough?
If you want to argue about this, call the principal and explain what happened. You don't need "proof." I served as a principal and assistant principal for about fifteen years, and I don't think I ever told a parent that I wouldn't listen to them unless they had video proof.
Now that my rant is over, I agree with Attorney Kane above -- you just didn't follow the rules, and the school did. I don't know if the person who was there with your child knows you or not. If they did, then it's kind of petty to require your ID, but, petty or not, they weren't wrong. If you're talking with the principal (or you might take this to a school board meeting), you might want to suggest that they change their policy so that, instead of saying that an ID is always required, it should say that an ID may need to be produced when asked for. That way, the school wouldn't be accused of "loose" enforcement if they know the parent. But that's another matter for another time.
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