National news sadly and the biggest overreaction this country has had since the Janet Jackson incident. The video of the whole day has made rounds across the news and you can't say the cops or the school were in the wrong until you've seen it. Once you have and if you still think they were wrong, rewatch it.
This girl wasn't just throwing a tantrum; she was punching and kicking teachers and the principle. Hard. She was swinging for the fences. At one point, I'd swear she was grabbing for thumbtacks. God knows what she would have done with one of those.
Since we live in such a ridiculous, sue-happy society, a teacher can't even touch a student without the fear of a lawsuit. The parent was at least an hour if not more away according to Court TV. They had no choice. The cops came in, she continued to throw a fit and tried to fight with them too. What did you want them to do? They have a job to do.
I don't give a rats ass if she was 5 or 50, she was literally going after people. Too damn bad. I don't care if she's going to be traumatized or not; at the very least, she's learned a good lesson. I can guarantee you she won't try this again. If you're old enough to punch someone in the stomach with intention to hurt them, you're old enough to be handcuffed.
Besides, at what age is it appropriate to hancuff a child? What if she was 8? 10? When is it "acceptable?" If this was 30 years ago, sure, the teachers would have grabbed her and threw her into a chair. They can't do that anymore because they'll be sued (which of course they're going to be now anyway for 'overreacting'). Get over it people. The kid acted like an idiot and handcuffing her is hardly some major national event.