A Pennsylvania school security officer and several officers are under fire after a VERY questionable video has surfaced. The video takes place at Hazelton Area High School in the aftermath of what appeared to be a physical altercation between several students. Security guards, and additional policemen, are trying to get the crowd of minors under control when we see one African American girl, who has been identified as a 15-year-old student, roughly handled by the group of men.
The video, shot by another female student, shows the guard hitting the girl in her leg to get her to submit, slamming her, punching her and pulling her hair.
When news outlets reached out to the authorities for an explanation about the girl's treatment and the uproar it has caused, the school district Police Chief Ed Harry said "They haven't seen anything about what led up to it and the entire altercation in the cafeteria”.
Whether we've seen the whole incident or not, this is definitely not how you treat a child.
"School District Police Chief Ed Harry says the officers are trained to react to these types of situations and acted properly.
“At that point, the officer had to get that under control immediately. You can see from the snippet of vide there were hundreds of kids in the cafeteria and they were cheering her on yelling and cheering her on. They needed to deescalate that " Chief Harry noted.
Investigators say it started as an argument between two female students in the high school cafeteria that quickly escalated to a fever pitch of violence. Superintendent Brian Uplinger is urging parents and students to step back and get all the facts before passing judgment.
"It’s important to know there are always two sides to every story and it's really important for parents and students and community members to get both sides of those stories before going to social media.
"Chief Harry says at least four students will be expelled from school and could face criminal charges for their role in that melee. And there could be more."
This incident happened on Monday of this week and as of right now the investigation is still ongoing. The school district isn't releasing anymore information and, according to our sources, are attempting to deny that the incident even happened.
We would like to commend the female teacher, or student, with the long straight hair who tried to get these grown men off of this child. If you look closely, most of the other young girls were coming to her aid and holding their phones to record the incident. That speaks volumes for this early, budding, sisterhood.
Let's hope this situation gets settled, the girls get counseling if they need it and these men get some better training.