Video shows confrontation between resource officer, student at South Carolina …

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Shocking video shows the moment a high school deputy attacks a female student for refusing to leave the room as classmates watch in horror.

Authorities in South Carolina say an investigation is underway after a video surfaced that shows a police officer throwing a student out of a chair and across a classroom. “The student was told she was under arrest for disturbing school and given instructions which she again refused,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. “The video then shows the student resisting and being arrested by the SRO.” Debbie Hamm, the superintendent of Richland Two School District, tells the Washington Post that the district is “deeply concerned” about the incident and is working with authorities.This disturbing video shows a high school officer flips a desk and the female student sitting in it over before dragging her violently across the classroom.

Richland County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the incident after the footage – filmed at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina – emerged on social media. But before the student has a chance to react, the officer holds her by the neck and flips the furniture over, slamming the girl to the ground, as her silent classmates watch in horror. In a statement, the Richland Black Parents Association said they were “heartbroken as this is just another example of the intolerance that continues to be of issue in Richland School District Two particularly with families and children of color.” School officials and sheriff’s deputies are investigating what happened, Richland Two Superintendent Debbie Hamm said. “Pending the outcome of the investigation, the district has directed that the school resource officer not return to any school in the district,” Hamm said in a prepared statement.

The resource officer, Senior Deputy Ben Fields, has been placed on administrative duties with pay pending the investigation’s results, according to Wilson. Fields then flips the desk over, with the student still seated, before spinning it around and forcibly removing the student and trying to restrain her at the front of the classroom. The video also prompted outrage on Twitter, including from prominent activists against police brutality. “There is no justification whatsoever for treating a child like this,” said Victoria Middleton, executive director of the ACLU of South Carolina. “Regardless of the reason for the officer’s actions, such egregious use of force — against young people who are sitting in their classrooms — is outrageous.

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