18 Apr 2012

Police handcuff girl of six after school tantrum

8:23 pm on 18 April 2012

Police in the American state of Georgia are defending their decision to handcuff a six-year-old girl after she threw a tantrum at school.

Creekside Elementary School says it called police after the girl pushed other students, attacked the principal, climbed on a bookcase and drew on the walls.

Officers say they had to restrain the girl so they could safely take her to the police station.

But the girl's mother, Constance Ruff, says the response to her daughter's behaviour was heavy-handed.

Ms Ruff says her daughter has been suspended from the school until August.

Police say the girl will not be charged because of her age.