This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
After an investigation, the School District has recommended that one of the two security officers involved in an incident with Frankford High football player Jeffione Thomas be fired "for use of excessive force." The president of the police union is upset.
Here is the District’s statement:
"Based on the facts, eye witness interviews and review of the video tape of the unfortunate incident involving Jeffione Thomas, a 10th grade student at Frankford High School, and two School District of Philadelphia Police Officers, the School District recommends that the one school police officer involved in the use of excessive force be terminated.
"The District will also recommend disciplinary action against the second truancy officer involved in the incident. The level of disciplinary action that will be recommended against the second officer is yet to be determined.
"Both school police officers will be provided with due process as required by their collective bargaining agreement."