Deputy suspended after assaulting student on video

"School and district officials are working closely and in full cooperation with the local authorities to address this matter consistent with school board policy and state laws.”

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Caught on school surveillance video picking up a child and repeatedly slamming him to the ground, a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy was recently suspended for assaulting the middle school student. The deputy was placed on paid leave pending the investigation.

On Thursday, Vance County Middle School reported to district officials that a school surveillance camera recorded a Vance County sheriff’s deputy suddenly attacking a young student for no justifiable reason. According to the video, the deputy escorts a middle school student down the hallway before abruptly lifting the child into the air and slamming him onto the floor.

The deputy instantly picks up the student again before throwing him to the ground. The video ends with the deputy dragging the student down the hallway.

On Friday, Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame announced that the middle school had filed a complaint with his office concerning the assault. To avoid a conflict of interest, the sheriff brought in the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to conduct the investigation into his deputy.

“We went over and when we first saw the video, we were stunned, we were shocked,” Sheriff Brame told CBS17. “We all are parents and grandparents that have children at that same age, so it brought some great concern to us.”

“We are aware of the incident that occurred at Vance County Middle School involving a school resource officer,” the district said in a statement. “We are deeply concerned by the actions that took place. School and district officials are working closely and in full cooperation with the local authorities to address this matter consistent with school board policy and state laws.”

“This is a use-of-force case,” stated Vance County District Attorney Mike Waters. “I’ve been able to assure the family that this (investigation) is being conducted appropriately.”

Brame refused to disclose the identity of the deputy involved.

The student, who is under the age of 12, reportedly suffered minor injuries and was not hospitalized.

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