Winston-Salem police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a school resource officer’s arrest of a student at Hanes Magnet Middle School on Friday, according to a news release.
The police department said in the news release that a video of the arrest was posted on Facebook on Friday morning. According to the news release, the video shows the arrest of a student on the campus of Hanes Magnet Middle School. The police department did not identify the juvenile or the school resource officer. Police officials also did not provide any details about why the student was being arrested.
The Winston-Salem Journal found a video that appears to show the incident. The video doesn’t depict the entire arrest. The video starts with the student heading down to the ground but it’s not clear what happened before. Then the video shows the student lying on the ground and the officer placing handcuffs on her while at least one woman stands a distance away. The video, which is about one minute and 20 seconds, eventually shows the officer leading the student away. The arrest takes place in a parking lot.
Principal Robin Willard of Hanes Magnet Middle School sent a phone message Friday to Hanes parents in which she said that “a brief altercation between students” happened earlier at the school, which required the intervention of a school resource officer. Willard said school officials investigated the incident, that disciplinary action was required, and that school officials followed the district’s policies.
“We take these matters seriously, and we expect all of our students to comply with the directives issues to keep all of our students safe,” Willard said in her phone message.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools spokesman Brent Campbell said the district is aware of the incident and is working with police as they complete their investigation.
Campbell added the school system cannot comment on any potential student disciplinary actions because of privacy laws, and that the system cannot speak to police policy and procedure.
The police department said that as part of standard procedure, the department’s Professional Standards Division is conducting an administrative investigation.
Officials said no more information would be released at this time.