For the second time in three months, the Coral Way K-8 Center elementary school in Miami called upon local police to arrest the 7-year-old son of Ms Mercy Alvarez after another bust-up with a teacher. The mother cried as her son was handcuffed by a Miami-Dade Schools Police officer and taken into custody.
She has since placed a clip of the arrest on Facebook while vowing to press charges against the school.
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Ms Alvarez stated that “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.”
A spokeswoman for the school Ms Jackie Calzadilla explained that the young 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.”
The female teacher, who is planning to press charges against the Latino family, says the child started hitting her after she told him in the cafeteria not to play with his food. The official school report indeed states that the boy “attacked the teacher by repeatedly punching her on her back.”
Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Mr Ian Moffett admitted that handcuffing a 7-year-old is unusual, but “was warranted to prevent his erratic and violent behaviour from bringing further harm to others or himself.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mercy Álvarez's child, whose name remains unidentified, was taken to Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami for a mental health evaluation <a href="https://t.co/mnPtxaJceN">https://t.co/mnPtxaJceN</a></p>— Intl. Business Times (@IBTimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/IBTimes/status/957370708572737536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 27, 2018</a></blockquote>
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