LIBERTY, Ky. (FOX 56) – A Casey County Middle School student is being charged in relation to the assault and strangulation of a fellow student.

A screenshot from a video showed two students in the school bathroom. A white student holding a black student in a chokehold. In the video, you can also hear racial slurs.

“I think it was reported by school staff that it was kind of a horseplay incident and then once the video surfaced later it was discovered it was quite a bit more than that,” said Jordan Buis, school resource officer.

Buis said incidents like this do not happen often, but he takes assault like this very seriously.

“Stuff like this personally, I am not going to tolerate it when it is known. I mean, of course, teachers and I can’t be everywhere at any given time, and with that being in the bathroom made it extra difficult too,” said Buis.

The student seen in the video assaulting the other student now faces felony charges of strangulation and fourth-degree assault.

“If anything criminal happens it is going to be dealt with and we have several times in the past and this incident is no different as far as doing criminal charges,” said Buis.

“CCMS is committed to our core values and school-wide expectations instilling in our students to be respectful, show integrity, have a safe learning environment and excellence in every aspect of being a successful student in our school,” Casey County Middle Schools said in a statement on Facebook.

The full statement from the middle school is below.

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“We are aware of a video that started circulating on social media last night involving an incident between some students at Casey County Middle School.

The incident took place yesterday, and the school administrators took immediate action with the support from a Liberty Police Department deputy who serves as the School Resource Officer (SRO).

The school administrators and the SRO have been in communication with the parents throughout the investigation. No further information can be released due to all parties involved are juveniles, and the investigation is still ongoing.

CCMS is committed to our core values and school-wide expectations instilling in our students to be respectful, show integrity, have a safe learning environment and excellence in every aspect of being a successful student in our school.”

Casey County Middle School, full statement from Facebook