South Carolina school video: Officer-pupil clash investigated

The BBC is reporting that a US sheriff’s department says it is investigating after a video emerged showing an officer throwing a female pupil across a classroom.

The footage posted online on Monday was said to be filmed in a school in Columbia, South Carolina.

US media said the pupil had refused to leave the classroom when asked. The school “resource officer” was called.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said there was “no justification” for the incident.

The officer is white and the female student, who was unharmed, is black, the sheriff’s office said. 

The incident comes at a time of increased scrutiny of police and their use of force against African Americans. 

“It’s very disturbing what happened today,” said Richard County Sheriff Leon Lott, who has requested a federal investigation on the incident.

In a video obtained by South Carolina’s WIS network, the officer, Ben Fields, is seen confronting the pupil, who is sitting at her desk. They then exchange words.

Mr Fields had been assigned to the school and was meant to protect students and faculty and promote anti-crime and anti-drug initiatives.

He then appears to restrain her around the neck, before quickly pulling her and her desk backwards to the floor.

The video shows him throwing the pupil a few metres across the classroom. She is then restrained.

Throughout the incident, other pupils remain seated, but some stand up and comment when the pupil is on the floor.

The video does not show what happened before the officer arrived…

More (including an explanation of what a resource officer is actually supposed to be) at: South Carolina school video: Officer-pupil clash investigated


UPDATE: Sky News is now reporting that the officer has been sacked: School Officer Sacked For Dragging Student


This looks awful (we have no idea why the student was being asked to leave the class in the first place but they don’t look like they were in the processes of endangering anyone else). 

What would be the procedure here if it was deemed necessary to remove a student from a class and they refused to cooperate?

Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…


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