A sheriff’s deputy has been fired after surveillance footage showed him violently slamming a student at a North Carolina middle school to the ground twice and then dragging him off camera.
The deputy’s termination is “effective immediately,” Vance County, North Carolina, Sheriff Curtis Brame told ABC station WTVD in Durham, North Carolina.
The incident occurred at Vance County Middle School in Henderson, North Carolina. The video shows the officer lift the child against the wall, flip the child head-down and then slam the child to the floor. The officer then bends over, drags the student to a standing position and lets him drop a second time. The video ends as the officer drags the student, by his shirt, off camera.
The school reported the incident to the central office on Thursday, and then the sheriff was brought in.
Sheriff Brame said he asked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to probe the situation at Vance County Middle School. According to Brame, the child in the video is under the age of 12.
“I was stunned and shocked because I have eight grandchildren, four between the ages of 8 and 13,” Sheriff Curtis Brame said Friday. “To see a child that small reminded me of one of my grandchildren.”
According to Brame, the student’s mother said the child had a bump on his head but wasn’t hospitalized.
That deputy, whose name has not been released, had worked for the department for two years and has had no prior incidents of concern.
State investigators are deciding whether to file criminal charges against him, officials said.