SWANSBORO, N.C. (WITN) – The district attorney of Onslow County says he will review what happened to a Swansboro High School student at the request of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.
The family of the student is angry today over the way she was physically treated by a school resource officer.
Jazaria Nixon said that the deputy put her in a chokehold — and that despite pleas that she was cooperating with him, he would not get off of her even as she was having trouble breathing.
Nixon was able to record some of the interactions with the deputy with her cell phone.
“He put me in a chokehold before he put me down. He had his arm around my neck and that’s when he put me down and he got on top of me. He wasn’t squeezing real tight but he put all his body weight on me which made me… like I was barely being able to breathe and I was trying to push my words out,” Nixon said.
The 15-year-old said that this whole situation erupted after she punched another student who she claims had been using racial slurs against her on Wednesday.
Nixon said after she hit the other girl, she was prepared to walk with administrators and tried to call her family about what happened.
She told WITN that this is when the deputy put her in a chokehold and took her to the ground.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said their deputy tried to “verbally de-escalate the situation, but the assaultive and disruptive student continued her aggressive behavior and had to be taken in custody.”
The sheriff’s office says they reviewed a school video clip “and determined no fault on the part of the school resource officer.”
Meanwhile, Onslow County Schools told WITN News they do not comment on disciplinary issues and that they had no comment on the actions of the resource officer.
The teenager and her aunt, Ebony Nixon, both said this could have been handled differently.
District Attorney Ernie Lee said he has asked for all videos, reports, and statements from the sheriff’s office on what happened.
Nixon was not arrested, though she was suspended from school.
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