A high school student in Florida was arrested this week after he was recorded raising his hands toward his principal’s neck.
“It shouldn’t have been arrestable,” a lawyer for 18-year-old Gianny Sosa of Miami Southridge Senior High School told a judge on Thursday, the Miami Herald reported.
Police disagree, alleging the gesture was the beginning of a wrestling slam called RKO made famous by the WWE’s Randy Orton, in which the head is grabbed and pulled to the ground (see a demonstration).
Sosa is heard yelling “RKO!” in video of the hallway altercation. Principal Humberto Miret stopped the move quickly and subdued the teen, according to the footage.
Police say Miret, named Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ principal of the year in 2018, was “adamant” about pressing charges, according to Miami television station WPLG.
Sosa is charged with battery on a school official, though his lawyer says there was no intent to attack and his client was just horsing around. He has been released without bond.
“Everyone knows wrestling is fake,” Roy Ugarte told the judge, adding that the arrest report was “hands down one of the most insane” he’d read. TheNew York Post noted that Sosa “performs RKOs on random things” in videos on his Instagram page.