By Associated Press - Sunday, December 15, 2019

HENDERSON, N.C. — Law enforcement authorities in North Carolina say a school resource officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after school surveillance video showed him violently slamming a middle school student to the ground twice before dragging him off camera.

School district officials reported the officer to authorities Thursday. Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame said he asked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to probe the situation at Vance County Middle School, which is about 45 miles (70 kilometers) north of Raleigh.

“I was stunned and shocked because I have eight grandchildren, four between the ages of 8 and 13,” Brame said Friday. “To see a child that small reminded me of one of my grandchildren.”

Brame said the student is under the age of 12.

The video shows the student and officer walking side by side. The officer then stops, lifts the student against a wall, flips him head-down and slams him to the ground. The officer grabs the student again and drops him a second time.

Vance County District Attorney Mike Waters said the extent of the boy’s injuries could determine potential charges.

Authorities have not made the officer’s name public. Brame said the officer has worked for the sheriff’s office for two years.

A news release from Vance County Schools said student safety is of “utmost importance” to the district. It added that it was “deeply concerned” by the officer’s actions.

The sheriff’s office has two resource officers assigned to the middle school. Brame said other deputies are filling in for the one who is on leave.

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