A shocking video shows a Georgia cop grabbing a 22-year-old substitute teacher by the neck and dragging her away after she attempted to separate two girls involved in a brawl.
Nia King told WSB-TV that she tried to talk the two students at Eagle’s Landing High School in Henry County out of fighting, but she was forced to back down when they began swinging.
“Once we pushed down the hall, I got trampled from the left to the right of the hall, and now I’m back into the middle of the fight,” she told the news outlet.
“As I was back in the middle of the fight, the (school resource officer) just grabs me by the neck, and the fight is still continuing to go on, and she dragged me all the way from the middle of the hall towards her office,” King told the channel.
Footage shot by other students shows the officer grabbing the young teacher and pulling her away during the scrum
King stated that when she arrived at the female cop’s office, she offered assistance but provided no explanation for why she removed the teacher by force.
“She asked me do I need EMS, do I need the nurse and do I need some water,” she told WSB-TV.
“I just told her, ‘I just need you to leave because you just drugged (sic) me from that point to this point, and I couldn’t breathe,’ but [she] wouldn’t talk,” King said.
“She stepped out, and then she came back in and told me, ‘Oh, I was trying to save you. I was trying to save you because they say you got hit,’” she added.
King noted she has been mistaken for a student before but said she had met the SRO several times before the fracas.
Capt. Randy Lee of the Henry County Police Department said the incident is still under investigation and that the department does not teach chokeholds or neck restraints.
According to Police Chief Mark Amerman, the officer stated that she did not want to speak with a reporter about the incident.
“There is a pending investigation into this matter,” the school district said in a statement to WSB-TV. There is no additional information available at this time.”