SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A YouTube video uploaded this week appears to show a police officer for a school district in San Antonio slamming a 12-year-old girl to the ground, and that officer is reportedly on paid leave as a result.
The San Antonio Current reports the incident occurred March 29 at Rhodes Middle School in San Antonio as classes were letting out for the day, and they report the officer intervened after two students were, “verbally aggressive with each other after school.”
The video shows the officer restraining the girl from behind and then slamming her to the ground as several other students look on. The officer then appears to place the young girl in handcuffs as other students ask if she is OK, noting, “she landed on her face.”
Leslie Price, executive director of communication for the San Antonio Independent School District, told the Current the officer has been put on indefinite paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
“It’s very very concerning,” Price told the San Antonio Current. “We’ve moved quickly to launch a formal investigation both at the police and the administrative level. We need to gather all the details, but also we will not tolerate excessive force in this district.”
Click here for more on this story from the San Antonio Current, including the reaction from the young girl’s father. According to the title of the YouTube video, the student is 12.