7-Year-Old Handcuffed at School After Attacking Teacher

7-Year-Old Handcuffed at School After Attacking Teacher

Mercy Álvarezs heart broke as she watched her 7-year-old son removed from his school in handcuffs last week.

What is even more disturbing is the first-grader was detained under the Florida Mental Health Act (Baker Act) and then hospitalized without his parents' consent. This was the second time in recent months where the school has called the police over her son's behavior.

"He does not have a mental disorder", Alvarez said.

"I was in shock - shock", Fuentes told WSVN about his son's detainment.

School police say the incident started when the boy was taken out of the cafeteria at Miami's Coral Way K-8 Center Thursday morning for playing with his food. "A danger to society?'" he said.

Cellphone video taken by the boy's mother shows the handcuffed boy and the police officer walking through the school grounds at Coral Way Bilingual K-8 Center as he is led to a patrol vehicle. A danger to society?' his father, Rolando Fuentes, told Channel 7-WSVN.


The video has gone viral on social media, with some questioning whether the officer went too far in handcuffing a young child, or whether she was incapable of handling a 7-year-old without the need for handcuffs. The two then fell on the ground and the student apparently kept wailing on the teacher, "grabbing her hair and pulling it towards him", according to police. But police said they had to arrest the child or take him for a psychiatric evaluation. Previously the boy was accused of kicking a different teacher previous year, but it was resolved within the school without the need to be taken away by the officers.

WPLG reported that the parents are considering filing a lawsuit against the school.

He was discharged hours later.

While the boy's parents wait to see what happens next, they have continued to demand answers, because they believe the handcuffs crossed the line.

"We believe this officer handled herself as a consummate and caring professional", Palacio said.

Ian Moffett, the chief of the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department, stood by the unit's decision to handcuff and arrest the child. "The manner in which he was transported to the receiving facility was done in accordance with standard operating procedures", read the statement in part.

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