Stephen Shaulis, a police officer assigned to a Pittsburgh high school, is being accused of punching a 14-year-old boy so hard that his tooth was knocked out. The medical team at UPMC Presbyterian was able to successfully reattach the tooth.
According to Todd Hollis, the victim’s attorney, the Woodland Hills High School resource officer confronted Queshawn Wade about a stolen cell phone around 1:15 P.M. on Monday, April 3.
Shaulis allegedly called Wade a ‘gay slur’ before striking him, leaving the boy with a bloody mouth and missing teeth.
“Shaulis comes out and calls him a (gay slur). The kid says watch your mouth, you don’t know who you’re talking to,” Hollis said. Soon after, according to Hollis, Shaulis forced Wade into his office past school administrators and then beat him.
“He said that he was thrown against the wall. He landed on a chair. He was then punched in the back of his head. He was placed in a prone position on the ground. He was punched in the teeth, which is where his tooth fell out,” Hollis said.
“I don’t care what happened to the cellphone. It does not justify getting his teeth knocked out of his mouth.”
The Allegheny County district attorney (of the county where the school is located) is investigating the matter. Because the issue involves potential excessive force by a police officer, the FBI will be involved in the investigation as well.
The allegations against Shaulis come just a few months after Kevin Murray, the Woodland High School Principal, was placed on administrative leave after a video showed him threatening a special-needs student.
Woodland Hills School Board President Tara Reis and board member Jeff Hildebrand declined to comment
Stephen Shaulis, a police officer assigned to a Pittsburgh high school, is being accused of punching a 14-year-old boy so hard his tooth was knocked out.
Who is Stephen Shaulis?
Stephen Shaulis is the school resource officer at Woodland Hills High School who is accused of striking a student and calling him a gay slur.