A 7-year-old boy was arrested and handcuffed before being taken away from his Miami school on Thursday. The young boy is accused of attacking a teacher by repeatedly hitting her and pulling her hair. The teacher reportedly told police she wanted to press charges against the student who was also accused of kicking a teacher in November.
The child’s parents say they believe the situation was mishandled, as reported by WSVN. His mother, Mercy Alvarez, said she was broken-hearted about what happened. The boy’s father, Rolando Fuentes, stated that he was in shock about what had transpired at the school.
School officials say that the incident began when the first-grader was in the cafeteria of the Coral Way K-8 Center. He was allegedly “playing with his food” and school staff was attempting to remove him from the cafeteria. At that time, the report says he “attacked the teacher by repeatedly punching her on her back, in the hallway.”
The child was restrained but allegedly continued to fight with personnel, causing both the teacher and student to fall to the floor where the student is accused of pulling the teacher’s hair.
The boy was taken from his school in handcuffs. According to his parents, the police informed them that they had to either arrest him or transport him for psychiatric evaluation.
In November, the same student was accused of kicking a teacher. That altercation was resolved within the school. His mother said he was suspended for 10 days for his “bad temper.”
The boy’s parents disagree with the handling of last week’s event. Reporting to an NBC news outlet, they denied he had a “mental disorder” and said he was actually the victim of bullying.
Miami-Dade schools police state that their action “was warranted to prevent his erratic and violent behavior from bringing further harm to others or himself.”
The first-grader was hospitalized under the Florida Mental Health Act for a psychiatric evaluation and later discharged. The Miami boy was released hours after he was transported to a children’s hospital.
The incident is currently under review.