A police officer assigned to a high school in Pennsylvania allegedly punched a 14-year-old boy so hard his tooth was knocked out, the teen’s attorney said.
School Resource Officer Stephen Shaulis confronted Queshawn Wade about a stolen cell phone on Monday afternoon at the Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, the teen’s attorney Todd Hollis said.
Shaulis allegedly called the student a gay slur before a fight broke out that left the Wade with a bloody mouth and missing teeth,WTAE reported.
Shaulis, who works as a school resource officer, began questioning Wade about a cell phone that had been stolen from another student, Hollis said.
The two were arguing when Shaulis called Wade a derogatory term before beating him in his office, Hollis said.
The attorney claimed his client was thrown against the wall, punched in the back of his head, and punched in the teeth.
‘I don’t care what happened to the cellphone. It does not justify getting his teeth knocked out of his mouth,’ Hollis said.
Wade had his tooth reattached at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian, and needs additional oral surgery, his attorney said.
The teen also appeared at a press conference with a scrape on his face, and Woodland Hills Superintendent said it was ‘unfortunate’ Wade was injured.
Hollis also accused the high school principal Kevin Murray of taking part in Wade’s interrogation, and said he witnessed the fight.
Murray was placed on leave after a recording emerged of him threatening a special-education student, but Murray was not charged after the district attorney conducted an investigation.
But Murray’s attorney Phil DiLucente hit back at the claims, saying they were ‘complete incorrect and wrong’.
He issued a statement that said: ‘My client was not involved in the incident and casting his name in this light with respect to the alleged incident is not only inflammatory but completely unnecessary and only done to damage his reputation.’
Wade has been suspended from school, and the Allegheny County district attorney will consult with the FBI in an investigation due to allegations of excessive force.
Hollis is calling for the school to release footage from surveillance cameras. It remains unclear whether he will pursue litigation.