Talking solely to ABC7 Eyewitness Information, the teenager concerned within the incident stated he does not really feel secure at school and does not know if he is even allowed again on Thursday.
The safety guard, who’s a Chicago police officer, at George Westinghouse Faculty Prep in East Garfield Park was armed through the incident.
“Whereas he was choking me, he was pointing the gun at me,” Sharod Grafton stated.
Grafton stated he’s the scholar within the crimson pants seen within the video, which was taken Tuesday at the highschool.
“I really feel prefer it escalated method too shortly, and it may have been prevented,” stated Grafton. “Provided that he would have got here to me appropriately, as a grown man and really spoke and stated, ‘That is what you are able to do.'”
The 17-year-old senior stated the incident began when he and his buddies tried to go away by way of the improper door. Grafton claims even after he complied with the instructions given, the guard taunted him earlier than he spoke up for himself.
“He got here to my face and he began speaking extra. Then he simply grabbed me out of nowhere,” he recalled.
Grafton stated the guard’s gun fell through the scuffle. He additionally admitted he fought again through the wrestle, which broke his glasses.
“I could not breathe, as a result of he had his arm on my throat,” Grafton stated. “So it was form of like me battling, making an attempt to push him off.”
Finally a number of folks moved in, some showing to carry the officer again,
“To be at school, the place he is purported to be secure at, now he is feeling, you already know, he could be arduous,” stated Keana Hill, Grafton’s mom. “In order that’s not honest. And its’ not OK.”
The varsity’s principal stated the incident is beneath investigation, that “the employees member has been faraway from the varsity,” and added, “We stay dedicated to offering your youngsters with a secure, optimistic studying atmosphere.”
Chicago police confirmed they’ve additionally launched an inner investigation into the incident, however would not say whether or not the officer concerned has been placed on desk responsibility.
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