A Rolesville police officer has been placed on administrative leave after a video showing him slamming a female student to the floor gained national attention Tuesday.
The nine-second video posted on Twitter on Tuesday shows Officer Ruben De Los Santos lifting the student into the air and dropping her to the floor before leading her away from a crowd of students at Rolesville High School.
De Los Santos, the school resource officer assigned to the high school, is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston said Tuesday evening.
Langston also said that he has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into the incident.
A second video that was circulated Tuesday on social media shows a fight involving two other girls at the school shortly before the officer slammed the student to the ground. Langston said De Los Santos had responded to a fight around 7:10 a.m. Tuesday in the school’s cafeteria area.
“We will work diligently to review any and all pertinent information so that we provide an accurate account of the events,” Langston said in a prepared statement. “We ask the community and all members involved to be patient while we investigate this matter.”
Some Rolesville High School students and others in the community posted on Twitter demanding to know what happened.
Wake County school officials said they’re investigating and will keep families at the school informed about what they learn.
“This morning, school staff addressed an altercation in the hallway of our school,” Rolesville High Principal Dhedra Lassiter said in a phone message to the school’s families Tuesday evening. “An SRO assigned to our school responded to the fight. A video of the incident, widely shared on social media, has prompted questions about the response.
“WCPSS security is currently in the process of working with the Rolesville Police Department to gather all of the details about the incident to ensure that appropriate action is taken.”
In a second message to parents Tuesday, Lassiter said the incident is leading to the district and law enforcement reviewing an agreement approved two years ago that governs how school resource officers operate in Wake schools.