- Associated Press - Friday, December 20, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A security officer for a Tennessee school district is accused of lifting a 12-year-old student off the ground and holding him against a wall.

Andre Tyus, 40, has been charged with assault and put on administrative leave, news outlets report. He was jailed Thursday and was released after posting bail.

Metro Nashville police say the boy’s mother called police last month to report that her son had come home from school bruised. Police say surveillance video shows Tyus apparently lifting the child up by his arms and holding him against a wall. The boy also is seen leaving the building before being brought back by Tyus. On the day of the alleged assault, Tyus was assigned to an educational center during a first-time offender program for students caught using or possessing drugs.

Tyus is not a school resource officers, according to the school district. He’s been with the district for three years. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer. A settlement hearing has been set for Jan. 31.

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