The San Antonio school police officer who was videoed body slamming a teenage girl was fired on Monday, school officials said.
Officials “made the decision to terminate the employment of Officer Joshua Kehm, effective immediately,” San Antonio Independent School District said in a statement. However, the investigation into the March 29 incident will continue.
Kehm was captured on video at Rhodes Middle School, picking up sixth grade student Janissa Valdez by the arms from behind, swinging her to his right and slamming her face-first onto the ground.
Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood described the video, which was posted online, as “alarming.”
The school district made their view clear.
“We understand that situations can sometimes escalate to the point of requiring a physical response; however, in this situation we believe that the extent of the response was absolutely unwarranted,” said San Antonio Independent School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez.
“Additionally, the officer’s report was inconsistent with the video and it was also delayed, which is not in accordance with the general operating procedures of the police department,” Martinez said. “We want to be clear that we will not tolerate this behavior.”
School police officers have been accused of using excessive force before.
Three officers from Baltimore’s school system were put on administrative leave last month after a video showed one of the officers slapping and kicking a student. The officers are currently facing assault charges.
Last year, a South Carolina school officer was fired after a video captured him flipping a student over and pulling her out of her desk.
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