A voice on the video cries out, “She landed on her face.”
Now, the Texas school police officer who body-slammed a middle school student is on paid leave, the Huffington Post reports.
San Antonio Independent School District spokeswoman Leslie Price told the Huffington Post that the officer had responded to a report on March 29 of two students arguing outside Rhodes Middle School.
The video, which appeared Tuesday on YouTube, shows the officer throwing the girl to the ground. He appears to handcuff her before picking up the girl and walking her away.
The San Antonio Express-News identified the student as 12-year-old Janissa Valdez.
Her mother, Gloria Valdez, spoke with Express-News about her reaction to the encounter: “I guess we’re still both kind of shocked. We still can’t believe it happened.”
The mother stated that Janissa had swelling on her upper right temple, which has gone down. She also admitted that her daughter had been in previous fights with other students. Valdez said her daughter has been bullied since the start of the school year.
Still, many people are saying the officer went too far.
“The video is very disturbing,” Price stated, according to the Huffington Post. She identified the officer as Joshua Kehm and said the encounter is under formal investigation. Price underscored that the district will not “tolerate any excessive force.”
But there will be no further action until the investigation is complete, she stated.