PGCPS spokeswoman Sherrie Johnson said a parent contacted the school system after a student posted a cell phone video of the March 30 incident on Twitter.
The video shows a security officer attempting to separate two female students who were fighting, Johnson said. After one of the students turned and walked away, the officer is shown pulling her across the hallway, lifting her up and slamming her to the ground. The video then shows the officer holding the student in a headlock as he leads her to the principal’s office.
Johnson said security officers use force if it is necessary to protect themselves and others around them.
“Our school security officers are well-trained and their chief responsibility is to maintain a safe and secure environment for all students and staff,” Johnson said. “As with all incidents of this type, a thorough investigation will be conducted to ensure that proper protocols were followed.”
Ronald Dortch, the vice president of the high school’s PTSA, said body slamming a student is “totally unacceptable” and force should only be used in a life or death situation. He added that security officers should request back-up, rather than handle these altercations on their own.
“If standing between the two isn’t enough force, get some help,” Dortch said.
Johnson said she could not disclose details surrounding the context of the altercation, as the school system is bound by confidentiality.
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