A North Carolina sheriff suspended a former deputy who violently slammed a middle school student onto the floor of a school twice after a video emerged of the incident.

The incident at Vance County Middle School, approximately 45 miles North of Raleigh, was reported to district officials Thursday, NBC News reported. School surveillance videos showed the Vance County sheriff’s deputy walking down a hallway with a child dressed in red before suddenly picking up the student and throwing him to the ground multiple times.

"We are aware of the incident that occurred at Vance County Middle School involving a school resource officer," the school district said in a statement. "We are deeply concerned by the actions that took place. School and district officials are working closely and in full cooperation with the local authorities to address this matter consistent with school board policy and state laws.  


The child had a bump on his head from the incident, but he was not hospitalized, according to NBC News.

Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame said his own grandchildren came to mind as he was watching the video of the incident.

“I was stunned. I was shocked.” Brame told WRAL. The Hill has confirmed that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will conduct a probe into the incident.

The deputy was put on paid leave pending the investigation, according to a statement obtained by The Hill. Brame was not aware of any other complaints against the deputy.  

Vance County District Attorney Mike Waters said he was in contact with the child’s family over the “use-of-force case,” NBC News reported.