A high school student in Houston, Texas accused school resource officers of using excessive force when she refused to hand over her cellphone.
"I didn't want to let go of my phone so they like, pinned me down to the floor," 10th grade student Ixel Perez told Click2Houston.com on Wednesday.
"One of them was behind me, like on my legs and trying to put the handcuffs on," Perez continued. "It hurt a lot and the other cop had his knee on my head, all his weight on me, and I was screaming because it hurt so much."
The incident happened Tuesday, during classes at Sam Houston High School. Perez said her mom has kidney problems and receives regular dialysis treatment. Upon receiving her father's text, the teen said she immediately called her mom.
Tipped off by a teacher about the teen's cellphone usage -- a violation of school policy -- the assistant principal allegedly confronted Perez and told her to hand over her phone.
Perez says she refused.
"I didn't want to give it to her, because I was scared," the teen told KHOU.com.
Perez said that after walking away from the assistant principal, three school resource officers confronted her and demanded her cellphone.
Again, she refused.
"I didn't want to let go of my phone because I was on the phone with mom," she said.
The teen said it was then that she was grabbed and forced to the ground by the school resource officers.
The scuffle that followed was recorded by another student, who uploaded it to Instagram.
The video shows a young woman, pinned to the ground and screaming as one officer attempts to handcuff her and another holds her head to the ground with his knee.
Perez said she has been suspended from school, where officials are allegedly holding her cellphone until she pays a $15 fine.
Perez admits she broke the rules, but insists there is no excuse for the treatment she received.
"It was way too much, everybody knows that," she told Click2Houston.com. "I'm only 4-foot-10 and it took three cops just because I did not want to give up my phone."
Sam Houston High School released the following statement about the incident on Wednesday:
"The safety of our students at Sam Houston High School and of all our schools is always our absolute top priority. The HISD police department and the school's administration are continuing their investigations of what led to the detainment of a female student yesterday."
Perez's mother, Gladys Santos told Click2houston.com that because of the alleged incident, she is going to have her daughter change schools.
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