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Wake County revisits violent Rolesville police video

Posted February 23
Updated February 24

— A Wake County Commissioner called for a meeting Thursday evening, referencing the cell phone video of a Rolesville High School student being slammed to the ground by a Rolesville police officer in early January.

Officials said the video shows an officer responding to a fight. The video spread quickly, causing outrage, and the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case.

Officers, educators, parents and others talked about school safety and incidents in schools that land students in court. The meeting was called by Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes. The group talked about the role of police officers in Wake County Public School. Some said schools need their own police force, and others said schools need more counselors.

“The incident here in Rolesville did kind of revive this conversation, and this meeting convening today was a specific request from the community to be heard on this issue,” Holmes said.

"Students are getting into, for example, fights in the cafeteria, where they would traditionally have been sent to the principal's office or maybe suspended from the school bus, they are now being arrested and taken to jail."

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  • Janet Ghumri Feb 24, 2017
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    A big part of this issue is that the Resource Officers are dealing with kids that have no respect for authority, and want to push against any and all restrictions. The kids in high school are full grown, and a lot of time much larger than the officers. Dealing with full size youths who are still emotionally and mentally children is a difficult job. They need more counselors,sure, but the officers need to stay. Otherwise there's no barrier between the teachers /administration and the students.