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Boy, 7, handcuffed after allegedly attacking teacher at Miami school

29 January 2018

A 7-year-old student at Miami's Coral K-8 Center was handcuffed and removed from the principal's office after the boy allegedly punched an elementary school teacher.

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 auto.

This wasn't her son's first run-in with the officer.

The boy's parents reacted with incredulity and despair upon seeing the images of their son being hauled away and ducked into the back of a police cruiser.

"I feel like my heart is broken", lamented the boy's mother, Mercy Alvarez.

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The boy's father said he knows his son made a mistake, but believes the school and police department went too far.

According to the report, the 7-year-old then "attacked the teacher by repeatedly punching her on her back, in the hallway". And that was apparently just the start. Authorities said that the child allegedly continued to strike at the teacher once restrained with fist and legs, knocking both to the ground, the television station reported.

The teacher told police she wanted to press charges.

His father says a similar incident happened with their son previous year.

"My wife and I will do whatever is necessary to continue my kid's education, if it's possible at home because I don't believe in the system anymore", said Fuentes.

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However, instead of being suspended, the teacher called for the child's arrest because she thought he was a danger to the society.

Cellphone footage shows the child in handcuffs after the alleged attack.

But Álvarez says the incidents are "police abuse". The principal, the counselor, and two other people tried to prevent that action and the officer took the child anyway.

Miami-Dade Schools Police arrested a 7-year-old boy on Thursday.

FOP President Al Palacio said in a news release Monday that while it is unpleasant to "take action" when dealing with a young person, it is "necessary to take appropriate preventative measures to avoid a greater tragedy from possibly occurring in the future".

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"The manner in which he was transported to the receiving facility was done in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures", Moffett told WPLG.

Boy, 7, handcuffed after allegedly attacking teacher at Miami school