An Albuquerque middle school student was arrested Tuesday after he says refused to give a teacher his cell phone. The situation turned physical when a couple of campus security aids tried to get it from him, and that’s when students took out their phones and started recording.
There’s no audio in the 15-second Snapchat video, but Nicole Ortiz says one thing is for sure: that’s her 14-year-old son, Luis, pushed up against the wall by campus security.
“He was asking them to please stop, ‘I’m not doing anything, please stop,'” Ortiz said. “[He’s] never been in trouble.”
Ortiz says she was shocked when staff from Jimmy Carter Middle School called to tell her Luis was arrested by APS police.
Luis says it all started when a teacher scolded him for having his cellphone out. He says he put it away, then brought it out minutes later.
“The teacher told me to give it to him, but I just went and put it in my backpack,” Luis said.
That’s when Luis says campus security showed up to confiscate his phone.
“One of the security guards came from out of the corner and grabbed me from behind, then the other two grabbed onto me too. They started throwing me around and put me on the floor,” he said.
Ortiz says there is the mark left on her son’s shoulder, but an APS spokesperson says Luis is the one who became combative and at one point even spit at their two security aids while in the scuffle.
“They were grabbing my face, spit could have went anywhere, but I don’t know,” Luis said.
Ortiz says after the way school officials handled the incident, her children won’t be going back to Jimmy Carter.
“I’m not condoning or saying it is right for him to have his phone out, no I’m not, but it was not right for them to do what they did to him, treat him and handle him the way they did,” Ortiz said.
Luis was charged with battery. APS says it’s forwarding the case to the DA’s office. Ortiz says she plans to file her own police report and hire an attorney.