A Miami mother of a seven-year-old boy expressed outrage on Saturday when she saw her son handcuffed by police after he is said to have hit his teacher and then taken to a mental institution.
Police said the teacher tried to restrain the boy, but he continued to kick and punch, causing the pair to fall to the ground.
The boy's parents said they met with the principal and counselors and agreed their son would be suspended for 10 days, but police said they had to arrest the child or take him for a psychiatric evaluation.
The teacher is now reportedly planning to press charges against the child.
But father Roland Fuentes said he had been in shock after being called in after the incident.
The video has gone viral on social media, with some questioning whether the officer went too far in handcuffing a young child, or whether she was incapable of handling a 7-year-old without the need for handcuffs. "A danger to society?'".
When the child refused to stop, he was taken from the cafeteria, according to an incident report from Miami-Dade County Public Schools police officer Munick Soriano. "If what the teacher is saying is corroborated with video, then it appears to be a fairly not unreasonable decision on the part of the officer" to handcuff the child.
School officials said several students and the other school employee witnessed the attack. She also says a psychologist said her son did not have a mental disorder and was fine.
He was briefly hospitalised at Miami Children's Hospital under the Florida Mental Health Act following the latest incident, amid fears he could pose a threat to himself and others.
This wasn't the first time police were called because of the elementary schooler.
The school's reaction upset the boy's parents, who said the situation was mishandled, WSVN reported.
"This action was warranted to prevent his erratic and violent behavior from bringing further harm to others or himself", Moffet explained.
His parents say that the reason for his misbehavior is that he was being bullied at school.
Moffett said the officer followed standard operating procedures in taking the child to the hospital.
Fuentes, the boy's father, said he just can't believe his son was treated in such a manner.