Deputy Sheriff Is Suspended for Body Slamming Student at School
A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy has been suspended after the authorities said he lifted up a student and slammed the boy to the ground twice before dragging him through a school hallway — a use of force caught on video.
The violent episode took place on Thursday at Vance County Middle School in Henderson, N.C., according to a spokeswoman for the school district, which is about an hour north of Raleigh.
The deputy, who serves as a school resource officer, has not been named. He is the subject of an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation, which the authorities said had been called in by the sheriff to determine whether the use of force was justified or whether criminal charges against the officer were warranted.
“As a parent who watched the video, it’s very disturbing,” Michael D. Waters, the local district attorney, said in an interview Sunday. “I don’t understand why that would have happened. But as a district attorney, I’m committed to finding the facts and the truth, and we will promptly get a determination of what happened in this case.”
It was not clear what prompted the violent confrontation, which the authorities said happened as the deputy was escorting the student to the school administration office.
The authorities would not disclose the boy’s age or the nature of his injuries. They would only say that the student was under 12 years old and had sought medical attention.
“We are deeply concerned by the actions that took place,” Aarika Sandlin, a Vance County Schools spokeswoman, said in an email Sunday. “School and district officials are working closely and in full cooperation with the local authorities to address this matter consistent with school board policy and state laws. The safety of our students has been and continues to be of the utmost importance to our district.”
Ms. Sandlin directed further questions to the county sheriff, Curtis R. Brame, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.
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