A 12-year-old student was detained by police after accidentally taking a photo of a half-naked classmate in a locker room. Though she immediately deleted the picture, she was reportedly arrested and handcuffed by the police the next day.
The unidentified student said on Thursday that she wanted to photograph herself with a friend using one of her iPhone’s two cameras, but accidentally selected the wrong lens, according to an ABC report. The result, she claimed, was an unintentionally racy picture of another young girl.
"She was just pulling down her pants, but not all the way – barely," the girl said.
The girl said she immediately deleted the picture she snapped by mistake in front of the girl involved. But on Friday, she was arrested for illicit photography.
The girl was pulled out of class at the Alice Johnson Junior High in of Harris County, Texas. Police reportedly handcuffed her, put her into a patrol car and took her into custody.
"They took me to the cop car and told me to put my hands behind my back," the 12-year-old told KRIV.
"I'd say this is akin to a child being kicked out of school for buying an aspirin," attorney Jack Carroll said. "It reminds me of the overreactive, overzealousness by school districts."
The girl has been suspended from school for three days and is being sent to an alternative school for another 30 days; her family is appealing the latter sentence.
Police refused to comment on the investigation because of the involvement of minors.