The Martinsville Police Department has fired the officer involved in the December 16 incident at Martinsville Middle School, following an internal investigation that was prompted by a video being circulated on social media.
The video involved a Martinsville Middle School student and a Martinsville Police Officer, who was temporarily serving as the School Resource Officer.
The video included a caution – ‘Viewer Discretion Advised.’ The person who uploaded the video states, in part, that an officer “felt like he had to involve his self in a discipline bus matter got on the bus hostel” (sic) with a middle school student.
When announcing the internal investigation, authorities noted all available footage, including body camera footage, would be reviewed. At the time, it also noted that the officer involved in the incident would no longer serve as a School Resource Officer at any Martinsville City Public School.
All information is being turned over to a special prosecutor, who will determine whether or not criminal charges are necessary.
The internal investigation is ongoing, therefore no additional statements will be released at this time.