A Vance County School Resource Officer has been fired after surveillance video showed him slamming and dragging a middle school student to the ground twice went viral.
Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame confirmed to news channel ABC11 that the unidentified deputy had been fired "effective immediately." This is just days after it was announced that they had been placed on paid administrative leave.
In the video, the officer can be seen throwing the 6th-grade student at Vance County Middle School to the ground before dragging the student down the hall.
Southern Poverty Law Center released the following statement about the video:
"The recent video of a North Carolina school resource officer repeatedly slamming a middle school student to the ground is unconscionable. Law enforcement officers are frequently brought in to schools to handle routine school discipline and this far too often is the result-an outrageously excessive use of force on young children. This must end. Our children deserve better."
Vance County Middle School officials also issued a statement on the video:
"We are aware of the incident that occurred at Vance County Middle School, involving a school resource officer. 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. The safety of our students has been and continues to be of the utmost importance to our district. Should you have further questions, please direct those to the Vance County Sheriff's Office."