By: Krystle Crossman
Ixel Perez went through a traumatizing experience at her high school and it was all captured on video by a friend. There is a rule at Sam Houston High School that students are not allowed to use their cell phones while they are in class. Perez knew this but said that she needed to check her cell phone for a moment while she was in class as she received a text message from her father. Her mother is sick with kidney problems so she needed to make sure that it was not an emergency. Just taking her phone out and looking quickly at the text ended with her being wrestled to the ground by three police officers and arrested in the school halls.
Perez stands at 4 feet and 10 inches. Students and parents are asking why there were three police officers needed to take a 4 foot 10 inch teenager into custody. The students at the school are standing outside on the grounds with protest signs. They feel that the actions of the police department of the Houston Independent School District were unnecessary and things needed to change. Because of this incident Perez was suspended for the rest of the week. Her mother states that she is not going to be returning to that school and will be transferred as soon as her suspension is over.
The HISD states that they are always concerned about the welfare of their students and are looking further into this matter to see what happened and why it happened. Perez states that she was kicked out of her reading class because she had her phone out. When she got into the hallway the assistant principal demanded that she turned her phone over. She refused as she was still worried about her mother and did not want to lose touch in case something had happened. She walked away from the AP and found herself being rushed by two officers in front of her and one behind her.
The police officer that ran up behind her grabbed onto her jacket and pulled her backwards. She told them that she was on the phone checking on her mother and they said that they did not care. They tackled her to the ground. One officer put his knee on her legs to stop her from moving while he cuffed her and another put his knee and all of his weight on her head. She was crying out in pain but they would not let up.
The students are holding protests every day for a change as this is unacceptable behavior. The HISD said they will continue to look into the matter.