The cutoff: Soldiers took the headmaster for a mental health assessment based on what DPS now says is a fake court order

Alaska State Troopers released a statement regarding the arrest and forced mental health evaluation of the 2022 Alaska Administrator.

Colony Middle School Principal Mary Walp has been taken away by Troopers after two people called in to request a psychological evaluation for the superstar teacher.

Bean was the principal of Colony Middle School for 15 years. On January 15th, I posted a dossier Live video from Facebookwhere she talks about her faith, speaking in tongues, and devotion to Christ.

After thousands of people saw this post, some members of her family decided she wasn’t feeling well and apparently called Alaska state troopers to run a well-being check on her. A family member claimed they had a court order to detain her for a psychiatric evaluation.

Valp also posted the incident on Facebook, where she documented the detention of two soldiers. The episode was quiet and seemed to be from Sound mind in the video.

Principal Fulp is a lifelong Alaska native with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from UAA, with supervisor endorsement. She worked in the education field for 25 years in Alaska and 17 years as the principal in the Mat Su School District. Volpe is the past president of the Alaska Board of School Administrators and the Alaska Association of High School Administrators.

Today, the officer issued this statement, explaining that the Department of Public Safety believes this is a situation that has worsened, and the agency promises to do better:

“Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding the incident broadcast on Facebook Live last week that involved Alaska State Troopers in a mental health call in Mat Su Valley.

Specific information related to these incidents would normally be protected under AS 47.30.845; the Alaska court system recently released information that contradicts the actions and statements of Alaska State Troops responding to the call.

The Alaska Department of Public Safety has elected to provide additional information regarding our portion of the incident that we would not ordinarily provide to protect the privacy of the Alaska concerned. Please see a statement from the Alaska Department of Public Safety below:

On January 18, 2023, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a request from Complainant 1 to perform a care check on an adult female in Mat Su Valley. Complainant 1 told dispatchers that the female does not answer the door and that he has concerns on her mental health.

At approximately 11:45 a.m., an Alaska State Trooper responded to the residence and spoke with Complainant 1 and the adult female.

Soldiers determined that the adult female did not show signs of serious disability due to a mental health issue and was not likely to cause serious harm to herself or others, and therefore did not meet the requirements for emergency detention under AS 47.30.705. The soldier left the residence at 12:10 p.m.

At 4:48 p.m., Complainant 2 called Alaska State Troopers on a 911 call stating that she had an order signed by a judge stating that the adult female from the previous call would be involuntarily committed to the nearest mental health evaluation facility.

“Two Alaska State Troopers arrived at the residence at approximately 5:10 pm and were presented with a document that Complainant 2 allegedly had signed by a judge and authorized the removal of the adult female.

The soldiers noticed that the document appeared to be signed by a judge and appeared to be valid. The soldiers called the adult female and informed her of the judge’s order.

“The primary officer in charge of the call acknowledged that the female did not have a serious mental health disability and was not likely to cause serious harm to herself or others.

Pursuant to the court order, troops proceeded to transfer her without incident or compulsion to Mat Su Regional Medical Center. They arrived at approximately 5:45 p.m. for a mental health assessment. Soldiers escorted the female to the hospital and hospital staff escorted her to the facility. Troops did not exercise at any time. From times the power given to peace officers to perform emergency detention of an adult female as permitted under AS 47.30.705.

On Friday, January 20, 2023, it was brought to the attention of the Alaska Department of Public Safety that documents that Complainant 2 provided to troops may not have been a court order authorizing involuntary commitment of an adult female.

DPS Commissioner Cockrell ordered a full review of the incident.

DPS immediately requested copies of the court documents associated with this incident from the Alaska court system to determine whether or not they were authentic. The Alaska Court System denied DPS’ application. We also requested copies of documents from Complainant 2, but they refused to provide the forces with copies of documents. On January 24, 2023, the Alaska Court System issued a public statement that there is no valid court order for forced obligation for an adult female.

“This was the first official confirmation from the Alaska court system that DPS had received that the court order served was not valid. With this new information, Troopers now believe that the document Complainant 2 provided to the Troopers was not a valid injunction for involuntary commitment.” The commissioner asked. Cockrell conducted a full internal review of Alaska State Troopers’ policies and procedures to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.

“Based on the limited information we have been able to glean about this incident from the Alaskan court system, it appears that we made a mistake in transferring the adult female for an evaluation. James Cockrell, Alaska Commissioner of Public Safety, said, “Our staff should have taken additional steps to verify the information provided by the complainant and the validity of the court order. We take full responsibility for this and want to assure the public that we are taking the necessary steps to ensure such incidents do not happen again.” This kind of attitude is unacceptable, and you have my commitment that we will do better.”

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