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OKC school resource officer charged after punching student

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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.Oklahoma City Police Department

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.

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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.

Surveillance video showed Jaha in a violent encounter with the teen on Oct. 9. KFOR

Surveillance video showed Jaha in a violent encounter with the teen on Oct. 9.

Enlarge Surveillance video shows an incident between MSgt. Thomas Jaha of the Oklahoma City Police Department and a student at US Grant High School where Jaha was on duty as a resource officer. KFOR

Surveillance video shows an incident between MSgt. Thomas Jaha of the Oklahoma City Police Department and a student at US Grant High School where Jaha was on duty as a resource officer.

Enlarge Surveillance video shows an incident between MSgt. Thomas Jaha of the Oklahoma City Police Department and a student at US Grant High School where Jaha was on duty as a resource officer. KFOR

Surveillance video shows an incident between MSgt. Thomas Jaha of the Oklahoma City Police Department and a student at US Grant High School where Jaha was on duty as a resource officer.

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Surveillance video showed Jaha in a violent encounter with the teen on Oct. 9.

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.

Jaha was a school resource officer there, and has been charged with assault and battery.KFOR

Jaha was a school resource officer there, and has been charged with assault and battery.

The teen’s grandfather said the student was yelling for help after the attack. The family has also hired a lawyer, according to KFOR.

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