District fires officer after body slam of San Antonio student

12-year-old student body slammed by police at school (YouTube video)
12-year-old student body slammed by police at school (YouTube video)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KXAN) — The San Antonio Independent School District decided Monday to fire an officer seen on camera body slamming a student on Mar. 29. 

The incident took place after an argument at school. The student, Janissa Valdez, was left with a bump on her head after an officer is seen picking her up from behind and throwing her to the ground.

KXAN’s sister NBC station WOAI found the incident happened after a fight between Valdez and another girl seemed like it was going to break out at Rhodes Middle School.

While the investigation of the incident continues, the district made the decision to fire Officer Joshua Kehm effective immediately.

“As educators, it is our responsibility to provide a safe environment for all of our students,” said SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez. “We understand that situations can sometimes escalate to the point of requiring a physical response; however, in this situation we believe that the extent of the response was absolutely unwarranted.”

The superintendent also said the officer’s report was “inconsistent with the video.” Martinez says the officer’s report was also delayed, against the general operating procedures of the district police department.

“We want to be clear that we will not tolerate this behavior,” the superintendent said. San Antonio police are also investigating the incident.

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