Dallas school officials are facing questions about the way school police officers handled two incidents, including one in which an officer is seen on video body-slamming a 12-year-old girl, reports the Dallas Morning News. In grainy footage, two girls are seen fighting at one school when the officer steps in and separates them. The officer then picks up the girl and slams her to the ground. The girl was suspended for three days and hospitalized with a clavicle fracture, which her mother said was a result of being slammed into the ground, not the fight. She said the officer also pepper sprayed the student.
The school district said the video “captures [an] officer who attempts to end the disruption, however, his actions do not appear to represent the type of response we want our officers to display.” In another incident, school police reportedly handcuffed a 7-year-old boy because he was acting out, something that happens often, his mother told KDFW-TV. The boy’s mother said police used excessive force on her son, who has ADHD and is in the special needs program. The family has hired an attorney and blamed the incident on a “failure in training.” A photo of the boy in handcuffs was circulated on social media. In response, the school district sent a note to parents asking that they help “not continue to spread misinformation.”