OKLAHOMA CITY — A school resources officer at U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City was charged with assault and battery for punching a student in the face earlier this month.
According to KFOR, the October 9 altercation between 25-year veteran of the police force Master Sergeant Thomas Jaha and the unidentified 16-year-old student was caught on security camera.
The student was reportedly in the hall without a pass, and after being asked several times to return to the school auditorium for an assembly, and refusing, Jaha confronted him. KFOR reports the student allegedly swore at Jaha before taking a fighting stance. Jaha opened a can of whoop-ass on the student and punched him the face twice with two quick lefts.
The student's family told KFOR that he yelled for help until school staff showed up, and the boy was arrested for disorderly conduct. School officials told KFOR that the boy was taken to the hospital by a parent to be checked for injuries. After three weeks of restricted duty, Jaha was put on paid administrative leave on Wednesday and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.
Captain Paco Balderrama with the Oklahoma City Police Department told KFOR,"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. At the same time, you know, we have to meet that appropriately."