A Florida mother is considering legal actions against Coral Way K-8 Center in Miami after her seven-year-old son was taken from school in handcuffs because he allegedly assaulted a teacher. According to WSVN, the teacher removed the first grader from lunch because he was playing with his food. While in the hallway, the young boy became violent and started "repeatedly punching her on her back."
Despite attempts to restrain him, the boy continued the assault until the two fell to the ground. The boy then tried grabbing "her hair and pulling it towards him." He was eventually restrained and taken to the principal's office.
The boy's parents, Mercy Alvarez and Rolando Fuentes, were called to the school to discuss the incident. After speaking with school officials, they decided he would face a ten-day suspension for his actions. Unfortunately, it did not end there as a school police officer informed the parents he had to arrest the boy and take him in for a psychiatric evaluation.
According to the Miami Herald, police used the Florida Mental Health Act as a justification to detain the boy for an evaluation. The boy was taken to the hospital and released a few hours later. His mother claimed that a psychologist said her son was fine.
Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Ian Moffett said the arrest followed procedure and "was warranted to prevent his erratic and violent behavior from bringing further harm to others or himself."
Following the arrest, Mercy and Rolando said they met with a lawyer and are considering taking legal action against the school. They said there was no reason to put the young boy in handcuffs.
This is police abuse; a whim of the officer, because my son was calm when they came to look for him.
The teacher said she is planning to press charges against the first grader.