A schoolgirl is suing authorities in New York after she was arrested for scribbling on her desk.
The 12-year-old was handcuffed and taken to the police precinct after a teacher caught her writing on school furniture.
Alexa Gonzalez is now seeking US$1 million in damages for the "excessive force" used during her arrest at Junior High School 190 in Queens, reports the New York Daily News.
She wrote 'I love my friends Abby and Faith' in non-permanent green ink on the desk before being "physically dragged" to the principal's office, according to the legal papers filed.
School safety officers searched her by placing "their hands inside the rear and front pockets of her jeans," the paper states.
Police officers were called to arrest her and Alexa was then marched out of the school in front of her classmates with her hands handcuffed behind her.
A lawyer for Alexa and her mother, Moraima Camacho, has now officially notified the city they are seeking damages over the incident in February."We want to stop this from happening to other young children in the future," said the family's brief, Joseph Rosenthal.
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