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Manhandling of S.C. student part of wider discipline problem, parents say (+video).

The South Carolina high school student flipped and thrown across a classroom by the disgraced sheriff’s deputy who lost his job Wednesday is living in foster care, her lawyer told the Daily News.Persistent school violence across the U.S. has led to a proliferation of “school resource officers,” or cops whose job is to keep students safe and help support teachers and administrators.VIDEOS OF disturbing police behavior have helped to shape a national conversation about law enforcement’s treatment of African Americans and the problem of excessive use of force.

Some parents of students at Spring Valley High School say they were saddened but not surprised by a video showing a school resource officer getting into an intense confrontation with a student. The 16-year-old is now under the protection of a foster mom who said she’s suffering in the aftermath of the shocking caught-on-video assault, lawyer Todd Rutherford said Wednesday. A group calling themselves the Richland Two Black Parents Association has called for a Justice Department investigation into what they say are long-standing discriminatory practices by the school district. News of the unidentified teen’s status surfaced as Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields was stripped of his badge for his violent reaction to her allegedly unruly behavior.

Here is the issue: Black and other minority students are far more likely than their white counterparts to be suspended, expelled and — as was so painfully shown in that classroom — even arrested for comparable offenses. If somebody’s not behaving in the classroom, it shouldn’t involve law enforcement.” The National Association of School Resource Officers recommends there be clear agreements with schools on the role of the officers, prohibiting them from becoming “involved in formal school discipline situations that are the responsibility of school administrators.” But once an officer is on school premises, teachers and administrators can be too quick to turn to them for help with routine student infractions, critics say.

The student was being disruptive and refused to leave the classroom despite being told by a teacher and administrator to do so, Mr Lott said, and that’s when Fields was brought in Monday to remove her from the class. Jason Nance, an associate professor of law at the University of Florida law school, said he analyzed federal data from the National Center for Education Statistics and found that having a police officer at school increased the odds teachers will refer children to law enforcement for low-level offenses such as fighting. Fields earned nationwide scorn for the video showing him slamming the girl to the ground while she was still caught in her desk, and then dragging her across the classroom floor after she allegedly refused to stop using her cellphone. “We believe that Mr. That highlights the all-too-prevalent problem of schools escalating routine disciplinary infractions into criminal offenses, particularly when racial or ethnic minorities are involved. It is an issue that Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke eloquently about in September, when he detailed how schools that criminalize nonviolent student behavior only feed the school-to-prison pipeline.

Calls for Mr Fields to be fired began mounting almost immediately after the video surfaced, and the FBI began a civil rights investigation at Mr Lott’s request. While confirming Fields’ dismissal, Sheriff Lott criticized the teen for allegedly starting the confrontation and said that she still could face prosecution. “Just wanna thank everyone for allllll the support!! The confrontation was captured on cellphones by students, one of whom said it all started when the girl pulled out her cellphone and refused her math teacher’s attempt to take it away during class. “She now has a cast on her arm, she has neck and back injuries.

She has a Band-Aid on her forehead where she suffered rug burn on her forehead,” Columbia attorney Todd Rutherford, who is representing the teen, told ABC’s Good Morning America yesterday. The most recent case, set for trial in January, stems from a 2013 complaint that he “unfairly and recklessly targets African-American students with allegations of gang membership and criminal gang activity.” A previous case from 2007 was settled in Fields’s favor. Fields, who served on the force for 11 years, has a history of alleged misconduct and is being sued by an expelled Spring Valley student for racial bias.

The 16-year-old had refused to put away her phone in class, which is required under school policy, and threw a punch as the officer reached for her, Sheriff Lott said. MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors say they have carried out search warrants in three states and seized 11 small planes in the search for escaped drug lord Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman.

The attorney general’s office said Tuesday that properties in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa had been searched, along with buildings in the State of Mexico and Puebla, near Mexico City. Not only does this girl now face criminal charges that could dog her for the rest of her life, but a classmate who recorded the incident on her cellphone was arrested as well.

Authorities said recently they had located Guzman, who used an elaborately built tunnel to bust out of prison in July, in a mountainous area that stretches from Sinaloa into neighboring Durango state, and that he was wounded while getting away from them. The principal’s office — not a police station — is where both should have ended up, and it is hard not to suspect that that would have been the outcome had the offending students been white.

Trial is set for January in the case of an expelled student who claims Mr Fields targeted blacks and falsely accused him of being a gang member in 2013. That underscores the need for school officials everywhere to take a hard look at their disciplinary systems for bias and put in place practices that make schools safe, and also inclusive, for all students. The officers have little choice but to charge students because of what Sheriff Lott called the overly strict requirements of the Disturbing Schools law, adopted by the Legislature a decade ago. A federal district judge in Alabama said last month that Birmingham police officers in city high schools should change their policy on using pepper spray.

Kallon urged the police to curtail the use of the spray and offer eye wash and other help to students who had been sprayed. “Since the dawn of time, children have engaged in challenging but normal adolescent behavior in school settings,” he wrote in his ruling. “For just as long, presumably wiser, more levelheaded adults have responded and have successfully utilized de-escalation techniques that are far less violent than those at issue here.” Ebony Howard of the law center said it creates an unnecessarily adversarial relationship when students see officers arresting or subduing students involved in relatively minor infractions like talking back and fighting. “What happens to a generation of students who don’t respect law enforcement officers?” she said. The increase in school officers has in part been fueled by federal funding since 2000, when the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services contributed $68 million to hire 599 officers. He said his first advice in training sessions is: “Make that badge a little smaller.” In other words, “there is no need for us to be overzealous in a school,” he said. “The children come back every day; we know who they are. It’s not like on the street when you sometimes don’t know who you’re dealing with.” Carla Shedd, a Columbia University assistant professor, said black students are treated differently when they act like teenagers.

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