Horrified pupils have watched as a parent was frogmarched across school grounds in handcuffs over a parking dispute.
The incident was filmed by mother Jess Gambetta outside the Coolum State school on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on Monday afternoon.
Police were undertaking a parking blitz to catch parents illegally stopping outside the school during afternoon pick-up when the father became caught in a heated conversation with an officer on a motorcycle.
He was then arrested for public nuisance and failing to state his name and address.
Ms Gambetta said the approach taken by police was ‘disgusting’ and heavy-handed.
‘This was all in front of multiple classes on the school oval,’ she told ABC news.
‘They’ve come out with him cuffed, three officers pulling him out of the school and left his kids with no one to collect them.
‘The way they handled the whole situation, especially in front of all these children was not okay.’
Queensland Police were patrolling outside the school grounds as part of a compliance operation targeting illegal parking.
A father was marched off school grounds in handcuffs by police (pictured) in front of dozens of school children
Senior Constable Sandy Atkinson said the man had been failing to cooperate with police.
‘Police recognise that school drop-off and pick-up can be hectic and stressful time for both parents and children and want to remind parents that school zones are designed to maximise safety,’ she said.
‘Officers will continue to monitor school zones for the safety of the whole community and would like to remind parents that loading zones are for dropping off and picking up only and the driver must remain in the car and leave within two minutes.’
The confronting footage has since sparked outrage on social media.
‘My son who was walking back from PE who witnessed the whole event came home and told me a bad man had been arrested because he had a knife,’ one parent said.
The incident was filmed by mother Jess Gambetta outside the Coolum State school (pictured) on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on Monday afternoon
‘It’s absolutely appalling for this to happen in front of so many kids. All over parents trying to pick up children at a school with VERY limited legal parking,’ another said.
But others praised the police for laying down the law.
‘A man abusing an officer in front of children and expecting to get away with it? I’m glad the kids saw him getting arrested,’ one said.
‘I see nothing wrong with this, kids can see the direct consequences of one’s actions, lesson learned hopefully,’ another said.
A spokesperson for the Queensland Department of Education said they had been made aware of the incident.
‘Coolum State School and its P&C have held regular meetings with local council and State Government representatives regarding parking and safe traffic movement around the school and will continue to work with these stakeholders to negotiate appropriate solutions,’ the spokesperson said.
‘Support is available for any students that require it.’