A North Carolina school resource officer has been fired after a disturbing video showed him repeatedly slamming a boy to the ground surfaced this week.
According to CBS News, the shocking incident was recorded last Thursday at Vance County Middle School in the north-central North Carolina county. The video shows the SRO, who is a deputy with the Vance County Sheriff’s Department, body-slamming the student, who is described in news reports as younger than 12, as he walks with him down a hallway.
Moments later, the deputy picks him up and slams him to the ground again before dragging the child down the hall by his shirt collar.
“Really horrible. Just terrible,” one parent said of the video.
Sheriff Curtis Brame was just as appalled.
“When we first saw the video, we were stunned, we were shocked,” Brame told local station WNCN-TV. “We all are parents and grandparents that have children at that same age, so it brought some great concern to us.”
He decried the “very graphic” video, adding, “I don’t expect my deputy or any deputy or law enforcement in North Carolina to carry out their duties in that way.”
Brame has since handed the case over to the State Bureau of Investigation for review. Meanwhile, the deputy in question, who remains unnamed, was initially placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
The lax punishment sparked a flood of angry reactions from online critics who argued that the officer should’ve been immediately fired.
The extent of the child’s injuries are unknown, but officials said that could affect any potential charges against the officer.
The child’s father told WNCN his son is recovering at home, but didn’t offer any other details.