Local police, attorneys, and counselors discuss SC student confrontation

Local police, attorneys, and counselors discuss SC student confrontation

Concerns have surfaced over the video of a South Carolina liaison officer tossing a student across the classroom for being disruptive in class. Amarillo Police and Potter County deputies say that's something that won't happen here.

Sergeant Brent Barbee with the Amarillo Police Department says all school liaison officers at Amarillo ISD are from their department and they're selected to function in a school environment.

Potter County Deputies will not intervene with students who break a school rule because it's not a criminal offense. That's something local attorney, Walt Weaver agrees with and says is one of the main reason why we haven't had an incident like this in our area.

"In order to be resisting arrest, you need to be placed under arrest and you have to be placed under arrest for committing a crime and in this case there was not a crime being committed," said Weaver. "It's doubtful that this officer had any authority at all to touch the child."

Weaver adds the the officer was placed in an unfortunate situation.

Others disagree with how the child was acting. Reports say the teenager was being difficult and refused to listen to the deputy when he asked her to get up.

Local counselor, Dr. Lynn Jennings says there's more to the story that we didn't see.

"We saw a snit bit of what happen, we did not see the full picture of what happened," said Jennings. "Because of that snit bit we have a lot of people making very strong statements about the deputy's behavior."

Jennings adds that there are much more creative ways to get a child out of the classroom if they are being difficult, starting with the initial approach.