LOGAN, W.Va. — A Logan High School student was arrested May 17 after being taken to the ground and placed in a choke hold by a school resource officer May 17.
A student posted a video to twitter which partially depicts the event showing a student being subdued by police officer.
The student is then turned over and pinned to the floor by the officer.
A student in the background can be heard saying, “You slammed him right on his face.”
The partial video shows what is reported to be the aftermath of incident which was reportedly precipitated after the student failed to comply with commands of teachers and law enforcement.
After the video of the incident began to spread on Twitter, a crowd of upset parents and community members reportedly showed up and Logan High School seeking access to the student.
After the student was transported to the Logan County Courthouse to appear before a judge, the group of concerned parents and community members reportedly showed up at the courthouse demanding answers.
The Logan County Prosecutor’s Office said they could not release the details from the event because the student who was arrested was a minor.
President of the Logan County Board of Education, Paul Hardesty, explained the Logan Banner May 17 he had only received a cursory briefing on the situation saying he was told the incident began when the student refused to remove his hood.
During an interview with the Logan Banner, Superintendent of Logan County Schools Patricia Lucas explained the investigation into the incident is ongoing and no further details can be released at this time.
When asked if the student made any threats which could have precipitated the situation, Lucas explained she could not confirm or deny the allegations of a threat being made.
When Lucas was asked if she believed school resource officers were being used for discipline issues within schools and if student arrests where becoming the norm, Lucas explained, in her short time with board, she was unware of any other student arrests at the schools.
However, Lucas noted resource officers were being effectively used for “interventions” in Logan County Schools saying she did not think teachers were overusing the police officers.
Lucas explained she hopes every student in the county will finish out the school year feeling safe and secure in a positive learning environment.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]