WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Tiesherah Smith, 16, was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and resist and delay, or obstructing a law enforcement officer after an incident at Washington High School.
In a press release by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, deputies said Smith was asked to move away from other students in the class and to leave the classroom. They said the suspect moved towards the door of the classroom, but dropped her bag and aggressively moved towards other students in the room.
A school administrator blocked her path while a deputy grabbed Smith by the waist and redirected Smith back towards the door.
She refused to obey those commands and attempted to circle back towards the students. The deputy shoved Smith towards the door and told her to leave the classroom.
After being pushed, she fell to her knees. Then, the deputy grabbed her and led her out of the room and was handcuffed, while being escorted.
Smith was then placed under arrest and charged with the above infractions. Upon reviewing the video, Smith was charged with assault, which hasn’t yet been served.
On Monday, Smith’s parents came to the Sheriff’s Office and filed a complaint against a deputy after believing he used excessive force during the incident. Mr. Jermaine Ebron, and Tieshe Archie, showed the deputy the four-second clip of the deputy. Ebron made several remarks towards the Sheriff’s Office on his way out.
The video was recorded by one of the students and reviewed upon investigation. Showing the full video revealed how Smith was acting before her encounter with the deputy. Also, the footage showed Smith consistently screaming and assaulting the victim by bumping into a male student and eventually striking the victim.
“Situations similar to this have occurred in schools throughout our country at a rate that is truly unacceptable. People that choose to act in the way that Smith acted completely disrupts the educational environment that schools try to create. My deputy did not want to get involved in a situation like this but was called to assist the administrators and to protect everyone in the classroom,” said Sheriff Coleman.
“After failing to listen to teachers, administrators, and law enforcement officer’s lawful commands, then attempting to aggressively approach other students to assault them, the deputy did the right thing by intervening with physical force to stop the assaults from continuing. My deputy used the least amount of force necessary to stop the violence and reestablish order. No injuries occurred, and Smith was placed into custody.”