A recent video emerged online depicting what appeared to be a brutally excessive use of force by a police officer as he slammed a young girl into the ground of a high school cafeteria.
Video Below (Foul Language)
The incident took place Tuesday at approximately 7:10 am. According to witnesses, Jasmine Darwin, the teen depicted in the video, was trying to break up a fight between her sister and another girl when the Rolesville High resource officer Ruben De Los Santos abruptly picked her up and slammed her into the ground.
After the altercation, Officer De Los Santos was placed on administrative leave, following usual protocol for these scenarios.
(Another video shows the fight that happened beforehand. Here)
According to Rolesville mayor Frank Eagles, Officer Ruben De Los Santos has been a resource officer at the school for 3 1/2 years. Eagles also confirms the existence of body cam footage, but that footage has yet to be released.
Jasmine’s mother, Desiree Harrison, says the officer’s actions were extreme, claiming that later she took her daughter to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a concussion.
In an interview with local NBC affiliate Channel 13, Jasmine said that “Every time I look at [the video], it’s embarrassing. I didn’t even realize it happened. Like, I was in shock.”
Two messages from the Rolesville High School Principal to the school community have been released by Wake County School Board following the incident.
The first is an automated call transcript.
Good Evening. This is Ms. Lassiter, principal at Rolesville High School, calling to inform you of an issue affecting our school today.
This morning, school staff addressed an altercation in the hallway of our school. An SRO assigned to our school responded to the fight. A video of the incident, widely shared on social media, has prompted questions about the response.
WCPSS security is currently in the process of working with the Rolesville Police Department to gather all of the details about the incident to ensure that appropriate action is taken.
As you know, I care deeply about our school. I have always tried to keep you informed. I will share more information about the incident as soon as I am able. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
Have a good night.
The second was in a letter:
Rolesville High School Community,
Tuesday a video was circulated showing a school resource officer using force on a Rolesville High
School student. I, like many of you, am deeply concerned about what I saw in the video.
The safety of our students is always our first priority. Our school district works with many dedicated
officers who protect our students. It is vital that our children have a positive relationship with these law enforcement officials. Those relationships are built on mutual respect.
Immediately after becoming aware of Tuesday’s incident, we reached out to the Rolesville Police Department. I appreciate the quick action of Chief Langston, who placed the school resource officer on
administrative leave and began an immediate investigation.
Two years ago, our school district enacted a unified agreement with all local law enforcement agencies
that provides training and a clear understanding of the duties and responsibilities for School Resource
Officers. As part of the investigation, the district and law enforcement are reviewing those standards.
I understand this incident brings up questions and conversations about the manner in which we keep
students and staff safe in our schools. We will continue to be in conversation as we learn additional
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At the time of publication, there is yet no confirmation or evidence that this was a race-driven incident.