Investigation underway after police officer arrests high school student in school

Published: May. 17, 2017 at 6:08 PM EDT
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LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A video circulating on social media of a Logan County student being arrested by a Logan City Police officer is raising questions and mixed reactions among community members.

The video only lasts for 41 seconds and briefly shows a student on the ground, then it appears the officer is trying to arrest him.

The video does not show what happened before the arrest.

The incident in question happened Wednesday in the hallway of Logan High School. Logan City Police confirm to WSAZ that the officer involved in the incident is a Logan City Police officer.

According to police, the school's vice principal gave the 16-year-old student instructions and he ignored them, so the vice principal asked the acting school resource officer for help.

Logan Police tell WSAZ the student was "unruly," and the officer asked him to go to the principal's office several times. Police say the student refused.

The officer then took the student into custody and called for backup, according to police.

According to the Logan City Police Department, the student was not injured and was arrested and charged with obstruction. Police say the 16-year-old student was released to his parents following the incident

Logan County School Board President Paul Hardesty says he has seen the video and called it a "very unfortunate situation for all concerned." He says he expects a full investigation.

Interim Superintendent Patricia Lucas tells WSAZ an investigation into the incident will begin Thursday. Lucas says there are cameras set up at the school, but she is unsure if there are cameras in the specific area of the school where the arrest happened.

Superintendent Lucas released the following statement to WSAZ: "We take all situations seriously, and there will be a complete and thorough investigation into every aspect of the incident. We'll be speaking directly with the administration at the school. It appears they will be able to answer many of the questions that I have and will be able to take care of the situation as we need to, after all of the information has been gathered."

Superintendent Lucas tells WSAZ the investigation will include interviews with the student involved and says the administration will also reach out to the student's parents.

WSAZ has learned the name of the officer involved but is not releasing it at this time.

WSAZ also reached out to the student's parents who say the student has also been suspended from school.

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