Police may charge school official for chokehold

KINGSTREE, S.C. (AP) — A high school employee in South Carolina who was caught on cellphone video using a chokehold on a 15-year-old student could face a criminal charge.

The Post and Courier (http://bit.ly/1ZjiMPy ) reports Kingstree Police Chief Eric Williams says the investigation remains ongoing as detectives try to work out a dispute with a magistrate over how to charge 69-year-old Mack Burgess. Currently, no one has been arrested.

The incident started Monday as a fight between two girls at Kingstree Senior High School. A police report says that in cellphone footage, Burgess can be seeing trying to separate the girls.

The report says that as the fight continued, Burgess grabbed one girl’s neck from behind. The video shows that after several seconds in the chokehold, the girl went limp. The girl was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Williamsburg County School District has not confirmed Burgess’ position. Burgess couldn’t be reached for comment.

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