It’s a cringe worthy moment caught on video.
“Janissa are you OK?” could be heard repeatedly from various schoolgirls' voices after 12-year-old Janissa Valdez was picked up off her feet and slammed face first on the concrete by police officer Joshua Kehm.
“She landed on her face,” another girl said.
The incident went down at Rhodes Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, on March 29 with the video, which has over 250,000 views on YouTube, surfacing Tuesday after Valdez’s mother, Gloria, sent the video to a local blogger who uploaded it online.
“You could actually hear her head hit the concrete,” the mother said. “That’s what hurt me the most — and it didn’t seem like it bothered him.”
Janissa was suspended for two days because she allegedly intended to fight another girl. She has not returned to the school since.
As for officer Kehm, he was placed on leave and a formal investigation is underway.
“We want to make sure we understand what happened and we’re not going to tolerate any excessive force,” said Leslie Price, a spokesperson for the San Antonio Independent School District, who called the footage “disturbing.”
The district said in a statement, “The video is very disturbing, and we have launched a formal investigation that is being conducted by both District police and administration.”