Indiana cops detained a "belligerent" six-year-old last week, after the cantankerous nipper kicked his school principal and threatened to kill two other members of staff.
The unnamed perp, who reportedly has previous form for "hitting and biting staff", was escorted from Hendricks Elementary School in Shelbyville to a squad car after the seat of learning requested law enforcement intervention.
Shelbyville police Lt Michael Turner explained: "The student had physically assaulted a staff member by kicking them. The officer was able to walk the student out to his patrol vehicle and calm him down."
He added: "The juvenile was transported to the police department in a patrol vehicle. The juvenile was not restrained in any handcuffs or any other restraints."
The alleged victim of the attack, principal Pat Lumbley, described calling in the fuzz as a "last resort". He said: "As you can see, I'm a big guy. I've been kicked, many, many times. It wasn't about just being kicked. This was about getting him help."
A neighbour of the boy's family, Cathy Flowers, expressed doubts that arrest was the best way forward for the tiny terror. She opined: "To my way of thinking, people just don't arrest a six-year-old. There are other ways to handle that."
Flowers is right. In Arkansas, the preferred method of controlling unruly children is by zapping the little buggers with a Taser. ®
We have no doubt El Reg commenters will have strong opinions on just how best to deal with this pint-sized pugilist, but let's try to avoid suggesting execution is an effective deterrent to child behavioural problems.