A Texas school police officer who was captured on video seemingly body-slamming a 12-year-old girl of sixth-grade girl has been sacked from the San Antonio Independent School District.
District officials said officer Joshua Kehm was fired on Monday amid an investigation into an incident last month at Rhodes Middle School. In the video, Kehm can be seen restraining and then throwing down 12-year-old student Janissa Valdez.
"We understand that situations can sometimes escalate to the point of requiring a physical response; however, in this situation we believe that the extent of the response was absolutely unwarranted," school district Superintendent Pedro Martinez said in a statement.
"Additionally, the officer's report was inconsistent with the video and it was also delayed, which is not in accordance with the general operating procedures of the police department. We want to be clear that we will not tolerate this behavior."
After the incident, Janissa had told KSAT that on March 29 she and another student were meeting after school to discuss comments the other student had purportedly made about Janissa. The 12-year-old added that other kids started gathering in the hall to see whether the two girls planned to fight.
"I was walking toward her, telling her, 'Let's go somewhere else,' because there was a lot of people," Janissa told KSAT. "Then that's when other people came over and the officer thought we were going to fight."
The video surfaced on YouTube last week and in the video Kehm can be seen struggling to hold the student from behind as her schoolmates called out, "Janissa! Janissa, chill!" The girl was then hurled to the ground by officer. The crowd then fell silent. Kehm then handcuffed the girl, pulled her to her feet and escorted her from the area.