HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — A school resource officer is accused of grabbing a teacher’s neck as she tried to break up a fight.
The fight happened inside Eagle’s Landing High School in Henry County. Nia King is a substitute teacher at the school.
The 22-year-old says she tried to talk the students out of fighting but backed away as the students came to blows. The video shows a school resource officer putting their arm around King’s neck and dragging her out.
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“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. As I was back in the middle of the fight, the SRO 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 Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Mark Winne.
Once in the SRO’s office, King says the officer offered aid but, at first, no explanation. “She asked me do I need EMS do, I need the nurse, and do I need some water. I just told her I just need you to leave because you just drug me from that point to this point, and I couldn’t breathe, but you wouldn’t talk,” said King. “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.”
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King does not buy that the officer was trying to save her. King says she has been mistaken for a student at the school before, but she’s met the SRO involved several times.
Henry County Police Captain Randy Lee says they are working with the school but cannot discuss the case specifics.
Lee told Winne their training division does not teach chokeholds or neck restraints.
Henry County Police Chief Mark Amerman told Winne the SRO involved told the department she did not wish to speak with Channel 2 about the incident.
Henry County Schools emailed Channel 2 Action News the following statement: “There is a pending investigation into this matter. No further information is available at this time.”
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