Rubber band prank: boy 'disciplined' by police
Leicestershire 12-year-old reduced to tears by police 'dressing down' over errant rubber band
A 12-year old boy was "left in tears" after two police officers turned up at his family's home on a Saturday evening and disciplined him for flicking an elastic band at another boy.
The boy's mother, Angela Brightwell, believed the "minor incident" that took place outside the school gates in Leicestershire two weeks ago had been dealt with by teachers, the Daily Telegraph reports. She was shocked when two PCs arrived at the family's home as they were watching The X Factor.
Brightwell, 42, says her son - who does not want to be named - was given a "dressing down" on the doorstep in full view of neighbours. The officers told him his behaviour was "bullying" and "not acceptable".
The PCs said that although the other boy had not been hurt in the incident, he had been "traumatised" by being struck by the elastic band. After hearing the 12-year-old's version of events - he says he apologised to a younger boy after the band "accidentally shot out of his hand" and hit him in the face – the officers left.
Brightwell told the Telegraph: "I am very angry. I cannot believe the police would investigate something like this - even if he [the other boy] had a mark I still can't believe they would investigate."
Leicestershire Police said they took action after the younger boy's mother reported the incident to officers.
A spokeswoman said: "The mother of an 11 year-old boy reported that her son had been flicked in the face with a rubber band by another child. Officers attended both families and advice was given. No crime was committed and therefore no investigation was launched." ·