An anonymous tipster contacted ABC11 Eyewitness News saying the deputies were called after the child ran away from the school's campus.
The tipster says deputies caught up with the boy in a wooded area and he started kicking them.
She says she saw deputies throw the boy on the ground and restrain him with a knee deeply planted in his back before taking him away in handcuffs.
A spokesperson with the school district says school resource officers restrained the student as he approached a busy road.
"We are concerned anytime force is used with any of our students," Cumberland County Schools Spokesperson Theresa Perry said. "In this instance we contract with the sheriff's department and they make a determination about what force is necessary."
The Cumberland County's sheriff's office says they arrested the child because he kicked deputies, but they would not elaborate because the investigation is still ongoing.