A police officer was caught on a cell phone video (below) wrapping his hands around the throat of Gyasi Hughes, a 14-year-old student, and slamming him to the floor at Round Rock High in Texas on Oct 8.
Kashka Hughes, the boy's father, told KXAN: "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."
School Resource Officers (SROs) were called by school officials to stop a fight in the school cafeteria between two boys, one of whom was reportedly Gyasi.
The Round Rock Police Department saud in a press release on Oct. 8:
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After repeated attempts to calm the non-compliant student, and stop him from going after the other student, officers were forced to detain him for his safety and the safety of others. The incident is currently under review by the police department staff.
Gyasi told KEYE that he was looking in another student's backpack to find his goggles, the other student started pushing him, and Gyasi pushed him back.
Gyasi claimed that one of the officers (called to the scene by school employees) kept touching him and pushing him.
"And finally I asked him [the officer] to leave me alone and that’s the point where he just grabbed me and took me down and tried to detain me," Gyasi told KXAN.
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Gyasi added that he apologized to the officer.
No one was arrested, but Gyasi was suspended until Oct. 13 and has to attend two Saturday detentions.
Kashka is calling for the officer to be reprimanded for his actions.
"In terms of what happened, in terms of the officer it was definitely excessive force that was being used," Kashka told KEYE. "There's many ways to handle situations and the way that he handled the situation was unacceptable."