(WOAI/NBC) Cellphone video of a police officer body slamming a 12-year-old student in a San Antonio, Texas, school has forced the school district and the police to investigate.
The incident happened March 29 at a middle school.
Sixth-grader Janissa Valdez appears to be thrown to the ground by the officer and many of the child’s classmates could be heard in the background laughing.
A spokeswoman for the district said it happened after a verbal confrontation between two students and the officer intervened.
Janissa claims she just wanted to go somewhere and talk through a problem with a classmate.
A few days later this video surfaced and was posted on a local blog.
Janissa believes the incident can be described in one word.
"Wrong....because I wasn't going to do anything," Janissa said.
"You could hear where she just hits the ground it was nothing but concrete, like cement," said Janissa’s mother Gloria Valdez.
Janissa suffered a bump to the head, but otherwise is OK.
The officer involved had been with the police force for a little over a year and is now on paid leave while the police department and school district investigate.
Courtesy: WOAI via NBC News Channel