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'No criminal or disciplinary actions' to be taken against deputy in Ashley High School photo

A wider view of the picture being shared. (Source: Anonymous) A wider view of the picture being shared. (Source: Anonymous)
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Members of Black Lives Matter and the NC Black Leadership Caucus, along with members of the group Advanced Youth Outreach, called for a deputy to be removed from the public school system nearly one week after a photo surfaced of the deputy restraining a student after a school fight at Ashley High School. On the same day, an investigation by the sheriff's office determined no criminal or disciplinary actions will be taken against the deputy.

Representatives from the organizations said the deputy should be held accountable for his actions. A picture shared by several people on social media last week shows the deputy holding the student by her jaw against a glass wall to restrain her. School officials confirm this took place during breakfast at the school Friday. 

Lt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office said the deputy involved was transferred to another school while an investigation took place, and will now remain at that new school for the remainder of the school year.

The deputy, however, will not face any criminal or disciplinary action, according to Brewer. Sheriff's officials concluded their investigation Thursday, which included a review by the District Attorney's Office and an Internal Affairs investigation.

“It was determined that the deputy acted appropriately and according to his training and no criminal or disciplinary actions will be taken,” Brewer said.

Brewer said the female student in the photo was involved in a fight with another student early Friday morning, assaulting another student, an employee and the deputy.  Brewer said she was charged the day of the incident on a juvenile petition order for assault on a law enforcement officer and assault on a government official.

Brewer said after the student reportedly assaulted the other student and a cafeteria manager, the student then elbowed the deputy sticking him in the shoulder. Brewer said she was also cussing and that's when the deputy grabbed her by the jaw in an effort to calm her down. He said that hold is taught in training as a method of calming someone down and gaining control of the situation.

Sonya Bennetone-Patrick, with Black Lives Matter and the NC Black Leadership Caucus, said they still plan to file a complaint against the deputy.

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