A group of middle school students in Virginia have been locked out of their school for weeks after a white nationalist rally descended into violence.
A video posted by an activist group on Saturday showed several students being dragged from their classroom.
The group said the students had been arrested for allegedly disrupting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12.
The video, which was filmed on a mobile phone, showed students being escorted out of the classroom by police and handcuffed.
The video showed one student being dragged away by police officers.
In the video, the officer is seen using his baton to force the student to the ground.
He then yells, “I’m not going to give you any time, you’re not going anywhere, and I’m not doing anything to stop you,” according to the group.
The officer is heard saying, “Get on the ground!”
Another student responds, “Yeah, I’m just gonna move my feet and we’ll be okay.”
The students are then taken into police custody.
The Charlottesville Independent School District, the local school board and the Department of Education all released statements saying they are “deeply saddened” by the incident.
In a statement, the district said the district is working with the local police department to provide appropriate guidance and training to the school community and parents.
The district also said it will be “continuing to work closely with the Virginia State Police on the response to this incident.”
The statement said the department has a zero tolerance policy for violence and “has an established protocol for officers who respond to calls involving threats of violence.”