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Thursday, October 29, 2015, 7:41 PM
MSgt. Thomas Jaha punched a 16-year-old student in the face at US Grant High School after the teen didn’t show a hall pass, according to police reports.
An Oklahoma City school resource officer is charged with assault on Wednesday after allegedly punching a student in the face over a hall pass.
MSgt. Thomas Jaha had a violent encounter with a 16-year-old student at the U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City after the teen refused to show his hall pass.
In the Oct. 9 surveillance footage shown, the officer confronts the teen at a water fountain in a hallway. As the student walks away, the school resource officer started chasing him, leading up to the confrontation.
The teen took “an aggressive stance” toward the officer, police said. Jaha responded by punching the boy in the face, out of self-defense, cops said. The 25-year veteran officer struck him one more time across the face before arresting him for disorderly conduct, according to police reports.
The Oklahoma County district attorney charged Jaha with assault and battery. He has also been placed on administrative leave with pay, cops said.
“Although officers have the right to defend themselves… in this particular case, the force was not appropriate to the incident,” police captain Paco Balderrama said.
The boy was brought to a hospital for his injuries, Mark Myers, an Oklahoma City Public Schools spokesman said.
The teen’s grandfather said the student was yelling for help after the attack. The family has also hired a lawyer, according to KFOR.