HENDERSON, NC — (12-16-19) — A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy and now former school officer, has been fired after video of him body-slamming a child under the age of twelve twice – went viral over the weekend.

The sheriff’s department confirmed this news to our newsroom Monday afternoon, and the politics on this case are just beginning.

Vance County Sheriff’s Office Lt. James Goolsby told CBS 17 News that the unidentified deputy, was no longer employed with the department.

Monday’s development follows reports that the sheriff’s office had put the deputy on paid administrative leave following the outrageous incident, which came to light after Vance County Schools filed a complaint with the sheriff’s office last Friday.

Watch the now fired officer body slam the 11 year old child two times

In surveillance video of the crime, the fired North Carolina school officer can be seen picking up the child and slamming him to the ground twice before dragging him down the hallway.

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina condemned the incident, saying officers employed at schools too often use physical force and escalate situations with students when there is no need for it.

“The disturbing and appalling use of force at Vance County Middle School should never have been used against a child,” said Irena Como, the group’s acting legal director, said in a statement. “This type of heartbreaking incident is all too common as educators increasingly rely on law enforcement to handle routine disciplinary issues, especially with children of color and children with disabilities.” said Como.

The family is sure to file a lawsuit against the sheriff’ department and the Vance County School District.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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