On Jan. 27, a Florida mother filmed her 7-year-old son being handcuffed by the police (video below).
Police took the Coral Way K-8 Center student to a mental institution after the boy allegedly hit his teacher, reports the Miami Herald.
According to police, the child was playing with his food, prompting teachers to escort him out of the cafeteria, WSVN reports.
When his teacher approached him in the hallway, he allegedly attacked the woman by "repeatedly punching her on her back" and continued to throw punches and kicks even after being restrained, subsequently knocking her to the ground.
"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," said Miami-Dade School District spokeswoman Jackie Calzadilla.
The teacher is now reportedly planning to press charges against the child.
Yet his mother, Mercy Alvarez, says she does not believe the accusations, arguing her child is not strong enough to knock down a teacher. She also says a psychologist said her son did not have a mental disorder and was fine.
Alvarez now demands to see video surveillance tapes. She is sharing footage of the incident widely, arguing the police response was disproportionately harsh.
"This is police abuse; a whim of the officer, because my son was calm when they came to look for him," Alvarez said. "The principal, the counselor, and two other people tried to prevent that action and the officer took the child anyway."
"They have created a psychological trauma, and instead of fixing the problem, you are building a problem," she added.
Alvarez continued, adding that her son had dreamed of being a policeman, but these days "does not want to be because the police are bad."
After sharing the video, the mother said many rushed to her defense.
"More than 30 mothers in Miami have written to me in solidarity because their children have done the same thing," said Alvarez, adding that she is discussing taking legal action against the Miami-Dade School District and the police.
However, the Miami-Dade Schools Police defended their actions, arguing they were just abiding by the Florida Mental Health Baker Act, which states a dangerous child must be detained and subjected to psychiatric evaluation.
"[It] was warranted to prevent his erratic and violent behavior from bringing further harm to others or himself," they said.
The child has a history of disciplinary problems. In November 2017, he was suspended after throwing a tantrum. His parents say their son was misbehaving because he was being bullied.