10 Jan '12, 11pm

Children in US schools are getting arrested for being late, throwing paper aeroplanes

AUSTIN (Texas) - The charge on the police docket was "disrupting class". But that is not how 12-year-old Sarah Bustamantes saw her arrest for spraying two bursts of perfume on her neck in class because other children were bullying her with taunts of "you smell". "I'm weird. Other kids don't like me," said Sarah, who has been diagnosed with attention-deficit and bipolar disorders and who is conscious of being overweight. "They were saying a lot of rude things to me ... So I sprayed myself with perfume. Then they said: 'Put that away, that's the most terrible smell I've ever smelled.' Then the teacher called the police." The policeman called in patrols Sarah's school, Fulmore Middle School in Austin, Texas. Like hundreds of schools in the state and across large parts of the rest of the United States, Fulmore Middle has its own police force with officers in uniform who carry ...

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