State Rep. Helen Giddings Responds to Police Violence at Rhodes Middle School

Giddings_SmallAUSTIN, TX – Rep. Helen Giddings responded today to the firing of Joshua Kehm, a school resource officer filmed body-slamming a 12- year-old girl at Rhodes Middle School in San Antonio, TX: “Last week, a video surfaced, showing a school resource officer at Rhodes Middle School in San Antonio body-slamming a young student to the ground, leaving her wounded and afraid. San Antonio ISD has concluded that the behavior was totally inappropriate and dismissed the officer. When a young girl is thrown to the ground by someone sworn to her protection, it is a disturbing reminder of the significance of providing quality training to those who protect our children.
Before last session, street cops and school resource officers were given the same training- the same tools of enforcement. But when policing 12-year-olds, it is unacceptable to treat them like hardened street gangs. For the sake of our children, we must demand better in our schools. That is why we passed House Bill 2684, giving school resource officers comprehensive training on de-escalation strategies and tools to limit the use of force. This officer had not yet undergone the training, but I am hopeful that we can keep working together to prevent incidents like this from ever happening again.”
Representative Helen Giddings proudly serves the cities of House District 109: Dallas, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, Wilmer, as well as part of Duncanville.