Texas city officials responded to a video of a stun gun and pepper spray on high school students during a planned walkout last week, saying there was “a lack of necessity” in the footage to understand all the chaos unfolded.
Little Elm Mayor Curtis Cornelius and Little Elm Independent School District (ISD) Superintendent Daniel Gallagher issued a joint statement on the events at Little Elm High School on Friday, saying some students assaulted officers in a school building and targeted specific individuals.
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“This show on Friday was not peaceful and caused a huge disturbance,” Gallagher said In the video posted on social media. “In one incident, not currently shown on social media, a large group of students attempted to rush into the administrator’s office in search of targeted individuals who were genuinely afraid for their safety.”
Four students and all juveniles were arrested during the incident.
Cornelius said one student assaulted a male police officer during the riot, while another student assaulted a female police officer. Police said LOVEBYLIFE4 Dallas-Fort Worth An officer was taken to the hospital, but he did not elaborate on any injuries.
Police arrested a third student who tried to obstruct the arrest and pepper-sprayed it and then “didn’t stop the student from proceeding toward the officer,” Cornelius said.
A fourth student spat on an officer, which is considered an assault under Texas law.
Several videos posted on social media show the encounter between police officers and students in the hallway, where a student was pepper-sprayed and then teased.
The walkout was in response to a charge of sexual harassment involving a student last month, with other students claiming to be disciplined for reporting the alleged assault.
“In this incident, no student received disciplinary consequences for reporting sexual misconduct,” Gallagher said, adding that “misinformation” is believed to have caused students to walk away to support the alleged victim.
Cornelius and Gallagher investigated allegations by Little Elm police but determined there was not enough evidence to prove the crime.
According to Gallagher, campus administration and school resource officers were ready to accommodate a peaceful protest.
Gallagher said the school district will conduct a review of the protests and conduct a further investigation into allegations of sexual abuse that led to the walkout.
He said the school district will form an independent committee to review its sexual harassment report and investigation process.
The school district is set to host a listening session on Nov. 30 to allow parents and community members to express concerns and ask questions.