COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – School officials and Richland County sheriff’s deputies are investigating after a video supposedly taken at a high school shows the school’s resource officer slamming and dragging a student from her desk.
School officials confirm the incident happened at Spring Valley High School on Monday.
According to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, the school resource officer was acting in response to a student who was refusing to leave class, while another adult stood nearby.
“The student was told she was under arrest for disturbing school and given instructions which she again refused,” Lott said. “The video then shows the student resisting and being arrested by the SRO.”
The officer was later identified Senior Deputy Ben Fields, according to CNN.
“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 student stays seated, so the officer grabs the girl’s arm and wraps his forearm around the child’s neck. The officer then tips the attached chair and desk backward until the student spills to the floor.
The officer then tosses the child several feet across the floor to the front of the classroom.
A struggle ensues, and the girl falls on the floor before being dragged away and out of the view of the camera.
A second, longer video has also surfaced, showing more of the incident, including the officer on top of the student in the front of the class.
Parents of students at Spring Valley High School are already reacting to the video calling it an example of “horrible acts of violence.” A group calling themselves the Richland Two Black Parents Association called the video “egregious” and “unacceptable.”
“Parents are 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,” the statement said. “As we have stated in the past, we stand ready to work in collaboration to address these horrible acts of violence and inequities among our children”.
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