Oakland High School Security Guard Charged With Felony Abuse

Oakland High School security guard has been fired and charged with felony child abuse after officials said he handcuffed, punched and then dumped a disabled student from his wheelchair in a class hallway.

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A security guard was caught repeatedly hitting a student at an Oakland High School on surveillance video on May 19, 2014. (Credit: Oakland Unified School District)

The incident, partially captured by video surveillance cameras, occurred about 9 a.m. May 19 as Marchell Mitchell, 23, and another guard were urging students to clear out of hallways and get to class, officials said Thursday.

According to a statement from school Principal Matin Abdel-Qawi, the wheelchair-bound student was either slow to move or just refused to leave the hallway, prompting Mitchell to begin pushing the chair to class.

That’s when the student — who, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, has cerebral palsy — tried slapping away the officer’s hands. Mitchell then apparently handcuffed the boy and continued to roll him to class, Abdel-Qawi said.

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