Texas dad, Kashka Hughes, says he’ll press charges after seeing raw footage of a Round Rock High School recourse officer grab his 14-year-old son by the throat, swing him around and send him to the floor. Two officers kept student Gyasi Hughes to the floor for some time.
The case highlights a spate of instances where school resource officers (SROs) use excessive force like they would on adult criminals but apply the same force to students. Students across the U.S. have been injured by pepper-spray, batons, Tasers, chokeholds, kicks and punches. It is a nightmarish form of corporal punishment used as a twisted form of discipline and sets a terrible example for how to resolve conflicts.
Whereas Gyasi lost his temper and started a fight with another student over a pair of goggles – the officer used fighting and his power as an adult officer to subdue and overpower the teen who said “leave me alone” and attempted to walk past him.
The father told KXAN:
The police officer that was actually in this particular situation — he should have been trained well enough to know that this is a 130 pound child and that the action that was taken was totally unnecessary.
Some lawsuits calling for better training and punitive damages are cropping up after revelations that a Kentucky officer was handcuffing elementary students behind the back for extended amounts of time as a form of punishment. If CPS workers are being installed in school offices – shouldn’t they turn their scrutiny toward this form of child abuse? People are pointing out that these instances as well as “zero tolerance” are adding to the “school-to-prison-pipeline” imagery that tarnishes the face of public school today.