A 12-year-old US schoolgirl is suing the New York City authorities for $1m (£650,000) in damages after she was arrested for writing on her desk.
Alexa Gonzalez was led out of her school in handcuffs by police after she was caught scribbling a message to her friends with an erasable, green marker.
Miss Gonzalez was caught scribbling "I love my friends Abby and Faith" on her desk during a Spanish class in February. The 12-year-old said her Spanish teacher then "dragged" her to the dean's office where police were called. Miss Gonzalez told the New York Daily News she broke down as she was led out of Junior High School 190 in Queens in handcuffs.
"I started crying, like, a lot," she said. "I made two little doodles... It could be easily erased. To put handcuffs on me is unnecessary."
She said she was then held at a local school precinct for hours in what she calls a traumatising and excessive ordeal. New York City officials have acknowledged the arrest was a mistake, saying better judgement should have been used by the arresting officers.
Оно, конечно, разница с Россией в том, что дело будет выиграно. А также в поводе для проявления идиотизма. Но в уровне идиотизма граждан, которые могут оказаться у мелкой власти, разницы нет.