Outrage grows after South Carolina officer throws student in classroom

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Brutal video shows officer throwing schoolgirl to floor during lesson.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy in South Carolina is on leave after a video showed him pulling a female high school student from her desk and dragging her across a classroom. A white South Carolina police officer has been placed on administrative leave after cellphone video emerged on social media where he appears to violently slam a black female student to the ground and drag her across the classroom.The video – thought to be filmed by a fellow student in a South Carolina school – resulted in the resource officer, named as Deputy Ben Fields, being placed on unpaid leave. ‘Pending the outcome of the investigation, the district has directed that the school resource officer not return to any school in the district,’ Richland Two Superintendent Debbie Hamm said.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott was returning to Columbia on Tuesday from a conference in Chicago to get more information about the confrontation at Spring Valley High School. The video reportedly shows the officer throwing the student’s chair over with the student still on it, flinging her to the floor in front of her classmates and then dragging her out of the room. No one was hurt in Monday’s confrontation, which officials said occurred after the student refused Fields’ order to leave the classroom for being disruptive. Early Tuesday, Columbia’s WLTX reported that Nia Kenny, another student in the classroom, said she was also arrested after standing up for her classmate, who has not been named in reports. “I know this girl don’t got nobody and I couldn’t believe this was happening,” Kenny, 18, told WLTX. “I had never seen nothing like that in my life, a man use that much force on a little girl. Mr Wilson said later that Mr Lott, who is attending an out-of-town conference, ‘was very disturbed’ by the video but asked for public patience during the investigation.

The images captured an ‘egregious use of force’ against the student, American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina executive director Victoria Middleton said Not somebody to be scared of.” He stepped to the left of the teen, placing his left arm on hers before wrapping his right arm around the girl’s neck.

I’m talking about she’s like 5’6″.” The student told local media that the incident started when their teacher called the officer when the young girl chose not to participate in class. Fields is also a defendant in a civil suit, due to go to court in January, by another student who alleges he was inappropriately expelled from Spring Valley in 2013. Fields was investigating gang activity at the school at the time — the student alleges “lack of due process, negligence, negligent supervision and a violation of the right to public education,” among other charges, as CNN reported. Parents with the Richland Two Black Parents Association were not surprised by the leaked videos and believe it only confirms years of misconduct alleged by students.

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