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A San Antonio school district police officer who was captured on video body-slamming a 12-year-old student to the ground has been fired.
School district officials said that Officer Joshua Kehm crossed the line in how he handled the student, Janissa Valdez.
“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," said Pedro Martinez, superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District.
Kehm, who was fired on Monday, failed to report the incident right after it occurred in violation of district policy, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
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The officer eventually submitted a report but in it stated that Valdez fell accidentally. School authorities already had seen a video of the incident and it did not look the least bit accidental.
“When the police officer did submit a report, it was not at all consistent with the video,” Martinez told the newspaper.
The incident occurred at the Rhodes Middle School and continues to be under investigation.
The video shows Kehm struggling to restrain Valdez while other students watch, many of them recording the event with their cell phones.
"The investigation doesn't stop here,” Martinez said, referring to a review of how school administrators handled the situation.
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