Students protest after video shows Helix High School student being thrown to the ground

Posted at 1:12 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 21:25:47-05

LA MESA, Calif. -- Police in La Mesa have identified the school resource officer seen slamming a student to the ground in video captured by students as Scott Wulfing. 

Authorities say Wulfing has been placed on administrative duty until the investigation into the use of force is complete. Police said Wulfing won't be working on any school campuses while the investigation is underway. 

Students marched two miles from Helix Charter High School to the La Mesa Police Department in protest of actions by a school resource officer Wednesday. 

Students also staged a walk-out Monday due to the treatment of the suspended 17-year-old student.

VIDEO: Officer tackles handcuffed 17-year-old student to ground at Helix HS

The incident between the officer and student happened when the student, who was on suspended status, refused to leave campus, causing school staff to call police.

Officials said Wulfing tried to get the student to leave, but when she refused, she was arrested an placed in handcuffs.

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Authorities said the student tried twice to escape by pulling herself away from the officer.

Wulfing then forced the 17-year-old student to the ground to prevent her from escaping, according to authorities.

According to the teenager's lawyer, the 17-year-old was on in-school suspension that was issued Thursday. The student is reportedly college-bound. 

The school is set to hold a community forum within the coming weeks.