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Carroll HS mom: I want justice for my child

Posted at 9:01 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 22:07:11-04

The mother of the girl involved in an altercation with a Corpus Christi Independent School District police officer at Carroll High School wants justice for her daughter.

Ilyana Ramirez said her 15-year old daughter was involved in her first fight yesterday morning, and she's outraged with the way the officer handled the situation.

Ramirez said he manhandled her daughter, and now video of the incident is going viral on social media.

A student recorded the incident with his cell phone Wednesday morning -- it shows an officer grabbing the girl by the neck.

A second video of the same officer also is going viral on social media. In this incident, he restrains a male student moments after the altercation with Ramirez's daughter.

CCISD police chief defends Carroll HS officer featured in viral video

CCISD Police Chief Kirby Warnke told KRIS Communications he is standing behind the officer. Parents have expressed their concern about the amount of force used in the incident.

Warnke said the girl was involved in a fight and the officer was trying to get her into the school's security office. He also said the girl was trying to get away, so, the officer used an approved control technique to get her into the office, and that the officer used the same control technique both incidents.

Ramirez said the officer went too far. She said the incident began because her daughter was attacked by another girl.

"She didn't start it," Ramirez said. "The officer was too aggressive with her. No child deserves to be handled the way he handled her."

Ramirez said her daughter told her the officer was choking her, she couldn't breathe, and couldn't speak.

"He had no reason to just put so much force to the back of her head to lift it," Ramirez said. "It's horrible. Nobody wants to see their child get manhandled by a huge man. I want justice for my child.

"She does not need to be handled like that. She's never been through anything like that. This was her first fight."

Ramirez also said the officer needs to be let go.

"He shouldn't even be a police officer at a school if he has that much animosity, I want to say, towards students when they get into arguments or fights," she said.

Ramirez said her daughter is dealing with neck and back pain today, and that she was taking her to Driscoll Children's Hospital to be examined.

Meanwhile, she has filed a complaint against the officer with the CCISD Police Department and is considering taking legal action against the school district.