San Antonio School District Fires Officer Who Body-Slammed Student
By: Liz O'Malley, Xiro Xone News April 11, 2016 Updated: 12:20 AM
The Texas school police officer who was caught on video body slamming a female student has been fired, with school officials calling his alleged actions "absolutely unwarranted."
Officer Joshua Kehm, of the San Antonio School District, was placed on paid administrative leave when the video of the incident, at Rhodes Middle School on March 29, was circulated online. The district spokesperson confirmed today that he had been terminated.
"We understand that situations can sometimes escalate to the point of requiring a physical response; however, in this situation we believe that the extent of the response was absolutely unwarranted," superintendent Pedro Martinez said in a statement.
"Additionally, the officer’s report was inconsistent with the video and it was also delayed, which is not in accordance with the general operating procedures of the police department. We want to be clear that we will not tolerate this behavior," Martinez said.
Kehm had been employed by the school district since February 2015, according to school district spokeswoman Leslie Price.
The administrative investigation into the incident is ongoing.
incident that occurred March 29 at Rhodes Middle School in which Kehm, appeared to be trying to restrain 12-year-old student Janissa Valdez before he threw her down to the ground.