A high school resource officer in Illinois is facing assault charges after an altercation with a student resulted in the officer slamming the boy into the ground.
The officer at Proviso West High School in Hillside, Illinois, can be seen confronting the student moments before the scene turns violent, according to footage of the incident posted to social media.
The officer and student begin to trade shoves, and the student appears to throw two punches at the officer before he is picked up by the officer and slammed into multiple desks, according to the footage.
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“I am extremely disappointed, no — I’m upset by what transpired today. No adult should ever put their hands on a child in that manner — especially not in a school setting,” Superintendent Dr. James Henderson said in a statement.
Henderson had staff contact authorities immediately following the altercation, and police arrested the resource officer, according to a report.
The man charged with assault is characterized by the school district as a school resource officer, but he is not registered as a law enforcement officer in Illinois, police said.
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The man is no longer permitted on school grounds, and police are calling the attack an “unprompted assault," authorities said.