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School Police Officer Caught On Video Repeatedly Punching Black Student And Pulling Her Hair During Altercation

Monday, a student from Pennsylvania’s Hazleton Area High School uploaded a video showing an altercation between a black student and a white police officer.

In the video, the girl is being restrained by two men holding her arms behind her back. The officer is seen punching her thigh, then grabbing her hair and shoving her face into the table.

All around, students are screaming for the officer to let her go.

This is wrong on so many levels this man violated her patrón talk so much shit when it comes to keeping the school “safe” wonder how he gonna fix this smh what a school.😡😡

Posted by Emi Cespedes on Monday, February 4, 2019

The Hazleton student who uploaded the video captioned it saying,

“This is wrong on so many levels this man violated her patrón talk so much shit when it comes to keeping the school “safe” wonder how he gonna fix this smh what a school.😡😡”

People online are horrified, but not surprised based on the area.

A local paper, The Standard Speaker, interviewed the Superintendent Brian Uplinger about the incident.

He is standing by the officers.

“There’s always two sides to a story. There’s extenuating circumstances leading up to what we saw on social media. Please get both sides of the story before making judgment or calling judgment out on any individuals or the district.”

Uplinger told Buzzfeed News that based on the circumstances of the incident, the officers responded appropriately.

“The security officers and school police officers were within the scope of their training to detain these individuals. Had they not, there would have been additional injuries to other students within the cafeteria.”

The school has said the clip released on Facebook doesn’t show the whole story. The Hazleton student in the video had started an argument, that led to three fights between students in the cafeteria.

This wasn’t a good enough explanation for some, as they questioned the amount of force used by multiple grown men to restrain one student.

Edward Harry, the school security director, wants the District Attorney to file charges against the girl.

“You see a couple seconds, if you want to take that out of context, you are not seeing the whole thing unfold, yeah, you might look at that and think something was done wrong here.”

The school has seen several fights this school year in that cafeteria. Harry said in one incident, students were injured and a teacher was sent to the hospital. There were no reported injuries from the altercation in the video.

“You can see when she stopped, the officers stopped. That’s exactly the way it’s supposed to go.”

There are those defending the actions of the officers, leading to discussions online about whether they were in the right, or used an excessive amount of force.

Four students have been placed on suspension pending an investigation into this incident. It is unknown at this time if the officers and guards involved are also on leave.


Written by Ben Acosta

Ben Acosta is an Arizona-based fiction author and freelance writer. In his free time, he critiques media and acts in local stage productions.