Rolesville mayor promises transparency into officer-student clash

— ​Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles promised a thorough and complete investigation into why a female student was slammed Tuesday into the ground by a school resource officer.

In video posted to Twitter, school resource officer Ruben De Los Santos can be seen picking up 15-year-old sophomore Jasmine Darwin and slamming her to the floor.

Darwin said she was trying to break up a fight between her sister and another student when the officer came from behind and slammed her to the ground.

“We’re not going to cover up anything, we’re going to make sure it is all done right,” Eagles said. “But, you have to learn to respect people and not make a sudden judgement.”

De Los Santos, who is a member of the Rolesville Police Department and has been a resource officer at the school for four years, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

“We’ve got people involved in the PTA and in the Boosters Club…that know (De Los Santos), how nice and respectful he is, and the kids like him,” Eagles said.

Eagles said the police officers were at the high school Wednesday morning to interview students and teachers who witnessed the incident.  The State Bureau of Investigation is also investigating.

“The chief told me this morning they were out at the school. Students were very respectful, nobody was cursing at them, they were opening doors for them,” he said. “We’ve got a good school. We’ve got good kids in that school.”

Wake Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the video shows a chaotic scene, and that officers are trained to make split-second decisions in these situations.

“We don’t know what precipitated him doing what he did,” Harrison said. “I’m not saying that it is right or wrong, but when you go into a situation, that training kicks in and you do what you can to preserve and keep people from getting hurt.”

Desiree Harrison, Darwin’s mother, told WRAL News on Wednesday that she hired an attorney and has pulled both of her daughters out of Rolesville High School.

“I don’t think he should work there anymore with kids,” Darwin. “It’s not safe there at Rolesville anymore while he’s working there.”

Eagles said body camera footage of the incident exists.

A special thank you to our friends at WRAL for helping out with this post.