Officials in a Texas city responded to video of police using stun guns and pepper spray on high school students during a planned walkout last week, saying the footage “lacked context necessary” to understand everything that unfolded in the chaos.

Little Elm Mayor Curtis Cornelious and Little Elm Independent School District (ISD) Superintendent Daniel Gallagher issued a joint statement on the events that took place at Little Elm High School on Friday, saying that some students assaulted officers and targeted specific individuals in the school building.

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“This demonstration on Friday was not peaceful and caused a major disruption,” Gallagher mentioned in video posted to social media. “In one incident, not currently shown on social media, a large group of students attempted to break into an administrator’s office in pursuit of targeted individuals who were in genuine fear for their safety.”

Four students, all juveniles, have been arrested through the incident.

Cornelious mentioned that one pupil assaulted a male police officer, whereas one other pupil assaulted a feminine officer through the commotion. Police advised FOX4 Dallas-Fort Worth that one officer was taken to a hospital, however they didn’t elaborate on any accidents.

In this blurred video to protect the identities of minors, a student allegedly interferes with an arrest and is pepper-sprayed and then tased.

In this blurred video to guard the identities of minors, a pupil allegedly interferes with an arrest and is pepper-sprayed after which tased.
(D’Kenzie)

A 3rd pupil police arrested had tried to intervene with an arrest and was pepper-sprayed after which tased “when the student would not stop advancing toward the officer,” Cornelious mentioned. 

He mentioned a fourth pupil spat on an officer, which is taken into account an assault below Texas regulation.

Multiple movies posted on social media present the encounter between police officers and students in a hallway, the place one pupil seems to get pepper-sprayed after which tased. 

In this blurred video to protect the identities of minors, a student lies on the floor after officers appeared to pepper-spray and use a stun gun on him.

In this blurred video to guard the identities of minors, a pupil lies on the ground after officers appeared to pepper-spray and use a stun gun on him.
(D’Kenzie)

The walkout was in response to an allegation of a sexual assault final month involving a pupil, who different students claimed was disciplined for reporting the alleged assault.

“In this incident, no student received a disciplinary consequence for reporting sexual misconduct,” Gallagher mentioned, including that “misinformation” is believed to have led the students to stroll out in assist of the alleged sufferer.

Cornelious and Gallagher mentioned Little Elm Police investigated the allegations however decided there was inadequate proof to show against the law.

Campus administration and faculty useful resource officers have been ready to accommodate a peaceable protest, in line with Gallagher.

The faculty district will conduct a evaluate of the protest and carry out a follow-up investigation into the allegation of sexual misconduct that sparked the walkout, Gallagher mentioned.

He mentioned the varsity district may also create an impartial committee to evaluate its sexual harassment reporting and investigation course of.

The faculty district is ready to host a listening session on Nov. 30 to permit dad and mom and neighborhood members to voice considerations and ask questions.