CEDAR CREEK, Texas -- The FBI is launching an investigation into the Bastrop County deputy who tased a Cedar Creek High School student in November, according to Michelle Lee, a spokesperson with the FBI.
"The FBI has reviewed the material, and we are opening an official investigation," Lee said.
Lee said the information alleges a potential civil rights violation by Deputy Randy McMillan.
According to the FBI, investigators will be looking into whether McMillan used excessive force in late November when he tased Noe Nino de Rivera inside a hallway at Cedar Creek High School.
This is a major development in this controversial case, which has raised questions not only in the Austin area, but even nationally, about how deputies use force in schools.
Officials said at the time that Rivera interfered with the deputies as they attempted to break up a fight.
However, a videotape obtained by the KVUE Defenders last month raised new questions about the deputy's actions and appeared to show Rivera backing away when McMillan used his Taser.
Rivera fell backwards, hitting his head. He was left with permanent brain damage.
The FBI says opening an investigation doesn't mean the deputy is guilty.