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    Video Shows School Resource Officer Tackling Student

    The community is reacting to video that appears to show an officer's tough takedown of a student in Keene, New Hampshire, and police say the incident started over vaping.

    (Published Monday, Nov. 4, 2019)

    A cellphone video showing a school resource officer tackling a high school student outside a restroom in Keene, New Hampshire, has made the rounds on social media, prompting concern from some parents and triggering a review by the police department.

    The incident, which happened on Halloween, shows the pair leaving a restroom before the officer tackles the student from behind. In the video, which runs about 15 seconds, another student is heard shouting expletives at the officer.

    Police said the incident started after the officer caught the student vaping in the restroom and tried to detain him. Police said the student refused to identify himself and then tried to escape.

    "It's concerning to see that happen in your child's high school," said parent Angela Wood.

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    Keene Police Chief Steven Russo said in a statement that a review determined that the officer, who is a 15-year law enforcement veteran, followed department policy.

    "I can assure you I've known this man for a long time," said parent Carmen Trafton, who watched the video and knows the officer involved. "There's nothing that would justify him using that type of force unless something was justifying that type of force."

    Keene School District Superintendent Robert Malay released a statement on Monday, acknowledging that school officials are aware of incident. He didn't offer any other details.

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