A student resource officer, working at U.S. Grant High School, admited in a police report that he hit a student after feeling threatened.
The officer has been placed on restrictive leave, meaning he is not working at the school right now.
Instead, he is working out of an office at the police department.
Police are not releasing the officer’s name, because he has not been charged with a crime.
At this time, they are investigating if his actions were appropriate.
Parents at the school were stunned when they heard the resource officer allegedly gave the student a black eye.
“I think there’s other measures to take besides punching a kid in the eye,” said Mike Anderson, a parent.
A police report was written by the accused officer.
In it, he said the incident happened during the homecoming assembly.
After ignoring several requests to get to the gym, the officer said he approached the teen.
The officer claims the student took a fighting position, and that is when he defended himself by striking the student in the face.
After the student allegedly took a fighting stance once more, the officer said he hit the teen again in the face with his left fist.
“It’s my understanding that a parent did take the individual to a hospital,” said Mark Myers with Oklahoma City Public Schools.
School officials watched the altercation, which was caught on surveillance video, and notified police.
“If he believed that he was going to be hurt or he was going to be attacked, then obviously he has the right and the opportunity to defend himself,” said Capt. Paco Balderrama with the Oklahoma City Police Department. “At the same time, you know, we have to meet that appropriately.”
Some parents already feel like another action could have been taken.
“Probably, let it blow over, and let it cool off before he took, you know, drastic measures,” Anderson said.
“They need to take some more training, I think,” one grandmother said.
We did request to see the video. Police nor the school would release it to us Tuesday.
The student was arrested for disorderly conduct.