I-Team: Second Video Surfaces of School Confrontation

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(WBRE/WYOU-TV)   A second video clip has surfaced showing a district police officer having a physical confrontation with a student. This comes on the heels of a video clip that came to light last month showing police officers restraining two female students in the cafeteria. One of the officers is seen grabbing the girl by the hair and holding her head down on a table. This video led to complaints of excessive force and a protest at the school district administration building.  Our lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick has more on the new video and reaction to it.

This video, taken inside the Hazleton Area High School cafeteria, is less than two seconds long but long enough. Some parents say, to show what they call excessive force being used by a district police officer against a male student.

  “I don’t think a child should be hit the way he did it. Shoving the student into the table. The second video shows his rage of punching the child” Said Anne Mendez.  Anne Mendez and Mariayn Calerdon are members of “Hazleton Stand Up”.

A parents group that calls itself a watchdog of the school district.

 They say the student who shot this video gave them permission to use it.

  “No matter what the circumstances, you’re an adult you are a trained professional you’re supposed to know how to de-escalate the situations like that. That’s what you are there for not to abuse our children” Noted Mendez.

 This new video was taken prior to this first incident in February – and it’s making its way around social media. Adding fuel to concerns about how district police officers are handling difficult situations involving students.

  “I think when the police start using this force it’s unacceptable no matter what whether the video was taken by a teacher or a student we see excessive force,” Said Calderon.

  Andy Mehalshick asked about the video released- was only a short clip. We don’t see what happens before or after. It may have been taken out of context? Mendez said no matter what the problem was what we saw in the video is an officer enraged and punching in the face this child. It is not acceptable.”

  School District Officials would not comment on this latest video clip only to say both incidents are still under investigation.  


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