On May 8, at Kissimmee Middle School, a 13-year-old boy and his mother were meeting with the school resource officer, officer Mario Badia.
The meeting followed a domestic disturbance at the home of the boy. During that meeting, Badia claimed that the 13-year-old attacked him and that he had to use force.
However, after school officials saw the surveillance footage of the incident, they called the Kissimmee Police Department. According to the department, they launched an internal investigation and found probable cause to arrest Badia and charged with child abuse.
According to the arrest affidavit,
Badia tried to get the boy’s attention by reaching for his chin so he would look in his direction.
Police said the boy stepped away from Badia and reacted to the hand coming at his face by trying to block it with his arm.
Badia then shoved the boy in the chest, knocking him off balance, according to the report. Surveillance video allegedly shows Badia body slam the boy, who was not resisting, along with yelling at him.
In an interview with WKMG, resident, Ezekiel Morgan explained that Badia was confrontational and would often get in the face of other students.
“He’s disrespectful, he doesn’t know how to talk to these kids, so I’m glad that happened to him,” explained Morgan.
Badia was booked into the Osceola County Jail and his bond was set at $5,000. He immediately posted the bond and has been placed on paid vacation, pending the results of the pending criminal and internal investigation.
Apparently the video of Badia brutally assaulting a child wasn’t enough to get this officer fired, or even suspended without pay.
Police officers in schools are proving to be a nightmarish reality in the US. Just in the last year we’ve seen a school cop who raped 22 boys.
We’ve seen an autistic 6th grader assaulted by a cop become a convicted felon for kicking a trashcan at school.
Even small children are not immune to the abuse from police officers in schools. This was illustrated by the case of 8-year-old Colton Granito, who has autism, who was arrested, put in a straight jacket, locked in a cage and sentenced to probation for an episode at his school.