The Latest: Attorney hired after student slammed to floor

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Posted: Jan 04, 2017 7:02 PM

ROLESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina high school student slammed to the ground by a police officer (all times local):

7 p.m.

The mother of a girl seen slammed to the floor by a police officer in a video posted to social media says she's pulled both of her daughters out of the North Carolina high school they were attending.

Desiree Harrison told WRAL-TV (http://bit.ly/2j67LCo ) on Wednesday that she also has hired an attorney after seeing the video recorded Tuesday at Rolesville High School.

In the brief video, an officer surrounded by students lifts and drops a girl to the floor on her left side, then pulls her to her feet and leads her away. The video doesn't show what happened before or after that.

The student who recorded the video says the girl who was slammed to the floor was trying to break up a fight between girls, including her sister.

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4:35 p.m.

A 15-year-old who recorded a video of an officer slamming a student to the floor at a North Carolina high school says the girl was trying to break up a fight before the officer arrived at the scene.

Ahunna Akpuda recorded a brief video of an officer who lifts and drops a girl on her left side, then pulls her to her feet and leads her away. She says two girls were fighting, including the sister of the girl who was slammed to the floor. She says the officer arrived a few seconds after the girl arrived to break up the fight.

Her mother, Pam Akpuda, says she doesn't think the officer, Ruben De Los Santos, should be allowed to return to the school, where he was assigned as a resource officer. The Rolesville police chief has said De Los Santos is on paid administrative leave.

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12:55 p.m.

The principal of a North Carolina high school says officials will review standards for officers assigned to schools after a video showed an officer slamming a student to the floor.

In a statement posted on the Rolesville High School website, principal Dhedra Lassiter says she immediately contacted the police department after becoming aware of the incident Tuesday. In the brief video, an officer surrounded by students lifts and drops a girl to the floor on her left side, then pulls her to her feet and leads her away.

The video doesn't show what happened before or after that.

Lassiter says the Wake County school district and law enforcement are now reviewing the standards for school resource officers, who are law enforcement officers assigned to work in schools.

Rolesville officials say Officer Ruben De Los Santos was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday after the video was posted.

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3:40 a.m.

North Carolina authorities say they're investigating a video posted on Twitter that shows a male police officer slamming a female high school student to the floor.

Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles says School Resource Officer Ruben De Los Santos was placed on administrative leave Tuesday after the eight-second video was posted. The video shows an officer, surrounded by students, lifting and then dropping a girl to the floor on her left side, then pulling her to her feet and leading her away.

The video itself doesn't show what led up to or followed the scene at Rolesville High School. There may be other video because Eagles says all Rolesville police officers received body cameras in August. The mayor says officials also will review any school security video.