Churchill, PA — There’s in all probability no higher instance of why the federal government must get out of the enterprise of schooling than the next story that passed off at Pittsburgh’s Woodland Hills Excessive Faculty. The varsity’s useful resource officer, from the Churchill Police Division, was caught on movie assaulting a pupil, knocking his enamel out and finishing a years-long sequence of abuses now ending with the taxpayers shelling out the funds.
After the newest incident in 2017, a bunch of a number of pupil filed a lawsuit and accused the varsity of making a tradition of verbal abuse and extreme power that allowed useful resource officers to shock college students with stun weapons and physique slam them.
On Tuesday, the group reached a settlement that can break up greater than a half million among the many dad and mom and youngsters.
Because the Altoon Mirror reported:
A video from 2009 reveals Shaulis shoving a pupil right into a locker with out obvious bodily provocation, then surprising the scholar with a stun gun and arresting him.
One in 2010 reveals a behavioral specialist lifting a pupil up in opposition to a locker and slamming him into the bottom, breaking the scholar’s wrist.
In 2017, Shaulis was accused of punching and knocking out the tooth of a 14-year-old freshman accused of stealing a cellphone.
An audio recording was additionally launched of former principal Kevin Murray allegedly threatening to punch a 14-year-old particular schooling pupil within the face and “knock your … enamel down your throat.”
In a single incident, Officer Steve Shaulis may be seen on video approaching Ahmad Williams, who was seated quietly it appears, holding solely his folder and a writing utensil. Shaulis takes Wade by the wrist, places him in an armbar, reverses his arm behind his again after which applies a choke maintain.
Probably conscious of the digital camera’s existence, Shaulis then takes Williams down a darkened hallway the place he then picks up the younger teenager and slams him to the bottom. Williams alleges the officer slammed him on arms, injuring them. The principal, Kevin Murray then comes over and pushes Williams’ head to the bottom. Shaulis then tazes Williams 3 times.
The officer was reassigned pending an inner investigation and now his standing is at the moment unknown. Many who’ve seen the video have already concluded their very own investigation they usually consider the officer needs to be criminally charged. Nevertheless, no such costs ever got here.
“An excessive amount of has occurred at Woodland Hills Excessive Faculty prior to now six months for this to be ignored,” lawyer Tom Hollis mentioned.
“All kids — no matter race, gender or incapacity — are entitled to an schooling freed from violence and abuse,” one other lawyer, Tim O’Brien wrote in an announcement.
Lawyer Phil DiLucente, Principal Murray’s lawyer, tried to exculpate his shopper from the incident, though Hollis mentioned the principal and one other officer have been current and did nothing to assist the kid. “My shopper was not concerned within the incident and casting his identify on this gentle with respect to the alleged incident shouldn’t be solely inflammatory, however fully pointless and solely executed to wreck his repute,” Mr. DiLucente mentioned in an announcement. However DiLucente’s assertion is inaccurate at greatest. Murray truly may be seen within the video serving to Shaulis to taser Williams. In different phrases, Shaulis and Murray ganged up on Williams in an obvious assault on the kid.
Mr. Hollis mentioned each Officer Shaulis and the principal have to fired. “The place there’s smoke, there’s hearth,” he mentioned. “This tells me there’an issue at Woodland Hills Excessive Faculty that must be corrected.”
Fortunately for the opposite college students, the principal lastly left the varsity final 12 months—after resigning—however solely after a mountain of victims started to pile up.
Essentially the most egregious actions attributable to Shaulis occurred final 12 months. Que’Chawn Wade, one other pupil, in April was requested to come back to the workplace at Shaulis’ request. Shaulis was investigating the case of a lacking cellphone. The officer reportedly informed Wade he was chargeable for the cellphone. Wade walked out into the hallway. Shaulis then allegedly referred to as Wade a “f’ing faggot” supposedly overheard by one other pupil.
Shaulis then grabbed Wade, dragging him again via the ready space into his workplace. He apparently threw Wade in opposition to the wall, in opposition to a chair after which to the bottom, all of the whereas being punched on his waist and again of the top. The officer, who claimed Wade was resisting arrest, then mounted Wade MMA type and punched out his entrance enamel.
The assault wasn’t caught on movie however the preliminary encounter was, apparently displaying Wade together with his arms up, being compliant with the officer’s authority and instructions. Hollis informed reporters his shopper should have 4 extra dental surgical procedures to make sure the tooth stays in place.
Now, solely after a number of kids have been damage, will anybody be held accountable. Sadly, nonetheless, will probably be the taxpayers and never the officer or the principal.