Police pepper-spray 10-year-old


PERTH — A 10-year-old Aboriginal girl was pepper-sprayed and handcuffed by four police officers at Millen Primary School in East Victoria Park on June 14.

According to an Aboriginal tutor at the school, the girl was denied the right to go to sport for behavioural reasons. When she demanded her $3 sports money back from the registrar, she was thrown onto her back. She took pencils and a pair of scissors out of her pencil case, which staff felt was threatening behaviour and, instead of calling upon the three Aboriginal staff at the school, they called the police.

Annolies Truman

From Green Left Weekly, June 21 2006.
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