Miami-Dade Schools Police officer handcuffed a 7-year-old boy and took him into custody on Jan. 26 for allegedly hitting his teacher at the Coral Way K-8 Center in Miami (raw video below).
According to the police report, the boy was removed from the school cafeteria for playing with his food and taken to the hallway where his teacher was, reports WSVN.
The boy allegedly “attacked the teacher by repeatedly punching her on her back,” said the police report.
The boy was restrained by the teacher, but continued to throw punches and kicks until both fell on the floor, the report said.
The teacher is planning to press charges against the child.
This was the second time in less than three months the school has called the police for behavioral problems, notes the Miami Herald.
The boy’s mother Mercy Álvarez told the el Nuevo Herald:
This is police abuse; a whim of the officer, because my son was calm when they came to look for him. The principal, the counselor, and two other people tried to prevent that action and the officer took the child anyway.
The boy was was detained by police per the Florida Mental Health Act (Baker Act) based on the notion that a person poses a danger to themselves or others.
The boy was hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation, against his family’s consent, at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. He was released hours later.
Álvarez said: “He does not have a mental disorder.”
Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Ian Moffett said this incident “was warranted to prevent his erratic and violent behavior from bringing further harm to others or himself.”
Álvarez says “more than 30 mothers in Miami have written to me in solidarity because their children have done the same thing.”
Public schools spokeswoman Jackie Calzadilla said the boy “began behaving erratically and hit a teacher. Due to a great concern for the student and to ensure his safety and that of those around him, he was restricted according to the Baker Act and transported to the hospital to be evaluated.”