A California police officer has come under fire after video showing him tackling a handcuffed student began to circulate online over the weekend.
The 30-second clip shows a 17-year-old Helix Charter High School student being thrown to the ground by an unnamed officer at around 1:30 p.m. Friday. According to La Mesa Police Department officials, the student had been suspended and was not heeding multiple requests to leave campus, ABC News reports.
"The student became non-compliant on two separate occasions and made an attempt to free herself by pulling away from the officer," reads the LMPD's statement. "To prevent the student from escaping, the officer forced the student to the ground."
According to police officials, the student suffered minor abrasions from the incident, and the situation is currently under investigation. A number of students and community members gathered outside of Helix Charter High on Monday, calling for the officer to be removed from the school.
Kevin Osborn, Executive Director of Helix Charter High School, released a statement on Monday, NBC News reports.
"Incidents involving students or student disciplinary matters are confidential. As such, Helix Charter High School is not at liberty to discuss information regarding student incidents," it reads. "We want to assure the community that actions taken by the School are guided by what is lawful and in the best interests of Helix Charter High School students, staff, and school community."
The student's parents will reportedly be meeting with school administration as well as with attorneys.