SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield school resource officer has been reassigned from Kiley Middle School.
We now know that the resource officer was reassigned after what’s described as a “physical altercation” with a student.
Springfield’s Mayor, Acting Police Commissioner, and School Superintendent addressed the incident during a news conference at city hall on Tuesday.
The altercation happened on April 22nd at Kiley Middle School. The student’s doctor noticed bruising and reported it.
On Monday, the officer was removed from the school and reassigned to administrative duty. Springfield Police have launched an internal investigation into the incident, as has the district attorney.
Mayor Domenic Sarno issued a statement Wednesday afternoon calling the actions of the resource officer “totally unacceptable.”
I have directed Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood to take swift and appropriate disciplinary action on this matter. This is another example of why I have pushed so hard for the use of body cameras, which will benefit our Police Department and the citizens of Springfield. I repeat again, our officers are sworn to uphold the law, not break it. This behavior will not be tolerated.
The city has also requested a review before the civilian Community Police Hearing Board.
This is the second incident involving a Springfield school resource officer and student in recent months. The other incident was at Commerce High School back in December.