The mother of a 13-year-old Ortiz Middle School student said her daughter was arrested for having half of a prescription ibuprofen tablet.
"I didn't know she had it. She'd been having cramps and I gave it to her. I didn't know she brought it to school," Sherronda Tisdale said.
Sherronda said the school didn't tell her about the arrest; she heard about it from another parent. When she got the word, she rushed to the school.
"The lady told me she'd been transported and I said, ‘Why y'all didn't call me?' She said, ‘we don't have to call you'."
HISD said it's up to the school whether or not to notify parents of an arrest. The officer conferred with the DA's office before making the arrest, and she's charged with possession of a dangerous drug.
The story doesn't end there. When Sherronda called the HPD Juvenile Intake Center on Mykawa, they had no record of her being there. She called for hours but still no Kristen.
"I was frantic, crying, trying to find my daughter, where she was," she said. "After five or six hours, they told me, 'You have to report her missing'."
The officer did not take her to the intake center. He took her to Ben Taub Hospital. There, Kristen spent several hours being held incommunicado.
"I was embarrassed," Kristen said. "Walking around the hospital in handcuffs, yanking on me like I did something wrong."
She showed us bruises on her arm she said are from the officer's tight grip.
Sherronda said she was actually filling out the missing person's report when HISD police delivered her to the Juvenile Intake Center. She filed a formal complaint but said it was too late. The damage was done.
"She was feeling like a total criminal the way they did her. Being in handcuffs for five hours, it's ridiculous! For a thirteen year old?"
The district said the policy is to tell parents where the child will end up, not of their whereabouts while in custody.