Girl, 11, Handcuffed At School In Front Of Friends
An 11-year-old girl from Tennant Creek Primary School was led away by police in handcuffs, causing fellow classmates distress.
The family of the girl have said the police should have found another time, place and manner to detain the child.
Police say that last Thursday morning they had arranged a school assistant to sit alone in the school's computer room so they could stage an arrest.
According to police, the unoccupied computer room was "deliberately chosen to minimise potential embarrassment for the child".
The young girl was wanted on suspicion of property offences and became aggressive upon being told she was to be arrested.
Her classmates saw the girl being escorted to a paddy wagon with handcuffs and was taken to a police cell for the remainder of the day.
While the school have not yet commented, it is believed that the incident cause much distress among both teachers and students.
The child's great-grandmother, who looked after the girl since she was a baby, said she thought "it was appalling".
"I asked the detective in charge, 'was she a dangerous criminal that you had to handcuff her?'" I don't think that should happen to anyone. This was a big detective. She is a small, slight girl".