NBCNEWS.COM - Chicago Public Schools officials removed from duty an
employee who was captured on video throwing a female student down the
stairs at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, and punching her in the
A cell phone video of the incident
shows a man who serves in an undefined safety role at the school pushing
the student down the stairs. The girl is seen lying on the floor when
she is approached by a woman who appears to be a teacher or
administrator at the South Side school. The girl then gets up and moves
toward the guard, who appears to punch the girl in the face.
"Immediate action was taken to remove
this individual from his position while the investigation continues,"
CPS said in a statement about the incident.
CPS officials say they have contacted the Chicago Police Department.
The 16-year-old student's mother, who declined to
give her name to NBCChicago, said the incident happened Tuesday, May 21
and her daughter went to the emergency room with injuries sustained in
Students who declined to be
interviewed on camera said they believed the safety official was trying
to intervene in a fight between two students, one of whom is the girl in
the video. Witnesses said the girl began hitting the guard about the
head and chest as he tried to separate her from an altercation.
CPS does not condone the behavior.
"The safety of our students is our
top priority," CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said. "CPS takes matters of
employee misconduct very seriously, especially when it involves an
employee whose job it is to ensure the safety of students."
The video was first posted to worldstarhiphop.com
with the title, "Caught On Cell Phone: Chicago School Security Guard
Pushes Female Student Down Staircase & Then Decks Her In The Face
For Allegedly Putting Hands On Him!"
The video link was sent to NBCChicago.com by a relative of a student at Dunbar who was not involved in the incident.
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