Jessie Sansone, 26, holds his four-year-old daughter Nevaeh in this undated photo. Sansone is upset because he was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, after his daughter drew a picture of a man with a gun in her kindergarten class.
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"They were doing this review of what happened, what my family was put through and they asked me to come down to the police station to look at it - they said that they messed up and they were sorry," Jessie Sansone told QMI Agency on the weekend.
The internal review is due out Monday.
"They did say though that they were acting on information from the family services people, procedure and all that."
Sansone brought one of church mentors along with him to the meeting with police.
"I am personally a forgiving person, but this is more than just me; this was a system that fell down on us all of a sudden and it could happen to anyone," Sansone said from his home, where he lives with his wife Stephanie, who is nine months pregnant, and their four children.
"That's not right, so we are still going to take legal action. This happened from a four-year-old girl's drawing that nobody's seen and that's not OK."
In February, his daughter Nevaeh drew a picture on a white board in her junior kindergarten class.
She told the teacher that it was her "daddy getting the monsters and bad guys."
The teacher thought she saw a gun in the drawing, questioned the child and called the principal who called family services, which then called in the Kitchener-Waterloo Police.
The police met the 26-year-old father at the school and told him he was being arrested for possession of a firearm and took him to the station. Social workers took his kids from the school and drove them across town to their offices for questioning.
At the police station, cops ordered a strip-search of Sansone, lifted his testicles and had him bend over.
Police went to the Sansone home and told Stephanie she needed to come to the station for questioning. Neighbours said the police were in the residence for hours.
Eventually, police let everyone go home, saying there would be no charges. During their search, police had found a see-through plastic, spring-loaded toy gun in the house and said it was probably what the child had drawn.
The item sells at Canadian Tire for about $16 and shoot tiny plastic beads. The Sansones never had the peppercorn-sized beads in the home, as the toy was left by a relative.
"My family was shaken up for months, we just couldn't believe this happened to us over a drawing," Sansone told QMI Agency. "Whenever we saw police cars, we wondered if something was happening again."
While the police are expected to apologize Monday, family services maintained they would react the same way and the school board said while they were sad the Sansones were upset, they were acting in the best interests of the children because teachers and the school board "co-parent" their students.
The family is still trying to secure a lawyer to take their case.