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Teenager Slammed to Ground Raises Fresh Concerns About Police in Schools

(COMMON DREAMS) Jon Queally, January 5, 2017 — Reminiscent of similarly brutal treatment of a student by an officer at a school in South Carolina in 2015, video footage of a female teenager being slammed to the ground by a so-called “resource officer” in North Carolina has sparked national outrage and is raising fresh concerns about the role of police in schools.

The officer who lifted up the student, 15-year-old Jasmine Darwin, before slamming her back to the ground at Rolesville High School in North Carolina on Tuesday has been identified by authorities as Ruben De Los Santos, a five-year veteran of the Rolesville Police Department.

De Los Santos has now been put on administrative leave pending an investigation.

According to Darwin’s mother, who spoke with local media, her daughter suffered a concussion from the attack but is otherwise safely at home and won’t be returning to the school.

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