SAN ANTONIO (UPI) — The San Antonio Independent School District suspended a school officer with pay after he was seen on video slamming a 12-year-old middle school student to the ground.
The incident happened as Officer Joshua Kehm, 27, was intervening between two students who were yelling at each other at Rhodes Middle School. A video posted on YouTube appears to show Kehm struggling with a female 6th-grade student later identified as Janissa Valdez. He appears to lift her off the ground and slam her face down to the brick sidewalk. The girl was motionless while he handcuffed her.
The San Antonio Independent School District police department launched an investigation. The incident happened on March 29, but the video was recently posted on YouTube.
“It’s very, very concerning. We’ve moved quickly to launch a formal investigation both at the police and the administrative level,” school district spokeswoman Leslie Price said. “We need to gather all the details, but also we will not tolerate excessive force in this district.”
Janissa told WOAI-TV in San Antonio that students in the school were anticipating a fight between her and another girl.
“I was going up to her to tell her let’s go somewhere else so we could talk but that’s when the cop thought I was going at her,” she said.
Her parents said she has a large bruise on her head but no other physical injuries.
“I guess we’re still both kind of shocked,” Janissa’s mother, Gloria Valdez, said. “We still can’t believe it happened.”
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