Black parents to protest charge for teen tossed from desk

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Black parents to protest charge for teen tossed from desk.

COLUMBIA, S.C. A rally to drop criminal charges against two Spring Valley high school students is scheduled for this Thursday, December 17, in Columbia, South Carolina. — A group of black parents plans to present a petition calling for officials to drop charges against a 16-year-old South Carolina high school student who was videotaped being yanked from her desk and thrown to the floor by a police officer in her classroom.

A 15-year-old girl who was viciously assaulted by a school resource officer back in October and Niya Kenny, the classmate who filmed the attack, were both charged with disrupting school, a criminal offense in South Carolina. The newly formed group, named Richland 2 Black Parents Association after the district where the incident took place, said it has gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures from around the country asking Solicitor Dan Johnson to drop the charges. Organizers say they plan to drop off 150,000 signatures demanding that the charges be dropped against the two girls, and that Fields be charged in the attack. Johnson issued a statement Wednesday saying he won’t do anything with the case until the FBI finishes its investigation into Richland County deputy Ben Fields, who was fired after the video became public. “I do not simply decide cases based upon feelings, public opinion or sentiment, nor do I decide them based on political pressure,” Johnson said in the statement. Speaking to the New Yorker in October, Kenny told her classmates to take out their cell phones and start recording when she saw Fields come into the classroom.

The black parents group also promises to ask lawmakers to change the law that allows police officers to arrest students for misbehaving at schools that Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott blamed for escalating the situation.

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