An investigation is underway at Woodland Hills High School after an alleged incident involving a 14-year-old student and a school resource officer turned violent. As the story goes, Queshawn Wade had been beaten by Steve Shaulis- the school resource officer after the boy was accused of stealing a cell phone. The boy resisted the allegations and was met with violence.
As reported by The Grio:
On Wednesday, civil rights attorney Todd Hollis said that his client, Queshawn Wade, had been beaten by the school resource officer, Steve Shaulis, at Woodland Hills High School on April 3.
“My understanding is that there was a discussion by Officer Steve Shaulis, who is the school resource officer at Woodland Hills High School, over a missing cell phone,” Hollis said, “and that it was his belief that this young man [Wade] was responsible for that cell phone.”
According to Hollis, Wade was told by Shaulis that the matter of the cell phone would be taken to court, and when Wade said ‘okay’, Shaulis called the boy a derogatory name and then dragged him into his office.
“He said he was thrown against the wall, he landed on a chair, he was then punched in the back of his head,” Hollis said. “At some point, he was placed in a prone position on the ground; he was punched in the teeth, which is where his tooth fell out.”
Police and the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office are now investigating the claims, and Hollis has said that he told his client’s family not to let their son return to the school.
What is your take on the matter? Do you think that an investigation will show wrongdoing on the teacher’s part? As the school has a history of investigations involving staff and abuse of power with students, is Wade’s story that far fetched? If proven true, the school resource officer should be made to pay by losing his job as disciplining children with means of violence is never acceptable, and for a non-violent “crime” of taking a cell phone no less. As the investigation unfolds we will provide updates as they are released. Join the conversation in the comments below and have your voice heard.
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(Article By Tasha Sharifa)