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A resource officer in Columbia, South Carolina is under investigation after video surfaced showing the officer violently slamming a teen girl to the ground.

Officials at Spring Valley High School told the local news affiliate the incident happened Monday afternoon when a school police officer responded to a call that a student was refusing to leave class.

“The student was told she was under arrest for disturbing school and given instructions which she again refused,” Sheriff Leon Lott said. “The video then shows the student resisting and being arrested by the SRO.”

Despite Lott’s assertion that the student was resisting, video of the teen’s takedown paints a different story.

According to writer Shaun King, who obtained the video from students at the school, the school police officer was called to the classroom because the teen was being “verbally disruptive”–basically talking too much.

King also learned from past and present students at Spring Valley that the officer, Ben Fields, has a history of manhandling students.

According to an organization for Black parents in the Richland School District, the schools are 68 percent Black while administrative and district officials are mostly white.

The association called the incident unacceptable and a symptom of a larger problem.

“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 group said in a statement. “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.”

School and law enforcement officials have said the incident is under investigation.

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  • OSHH

    I’m tired ya’ll, exhausted by all of what has been going on, the racism and sexism we face is exhausting as a black woman. I agree with each and every sentiment of outrage expressed in this post and pray that God sees, intervenes, heals, protects and corrects all that is wrong in this system, society and hearts of folks, Psalm 51: 10 create in all of us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within.

    • Mary Burrell


  • Sealinewuman

    Um so… This child was not actually disrupting class, she was just refusing to participate in the lesson when the teacher asked her to leave and she refused. I’ve had asshole teachers like that where if you don’t talk in class they say some shit like well if you’re not going to participate you can leave. Which by the way they don’t have the right to do. If a kid refuses to engage it’s not a licence to single them out for derision or in this case brutality. I mean what the actual fuck?! Just ignore her, maybe she didn’t know the answer, maybe she was confused, you call the cops cause a kid won’t answer a question? How are you fit to be a teacher when you don’t know how to engage with or relate to adolescents?

  • Reading, if White” just spoken to walk out the class room not saying behavior was needed. Aggressive mannerism of “White officer” also punch her this gender issue
    justified to beat he was fired. Not retired or rehired just terminated due, law suits never concede fight back sue them!