We’re wondering is it even safe to send our teens to school anymore. Between the recent school shootings, bullying and now this video showing a school officer removing a female student from the class. The video below is very disturbing especially if you are a mother. Details of the video below:
A Richland County school resource officer has been placed on administrative duty following an incident at a local high school that was captured on video and circulated on social media sites across the nation.
Lt. Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said Monday night that Deputy Ben Fields will not be back at any school pending the results of an investigation.
Sheriff Leon Lott, whose agency is in charge of the school resource program at the school, was out of town at a law enforcement meeting when the incident took place. Wilson said while they’re asking for patience while an investigation takes place, Lott was taken aback by what’s being shown to the public.
“He was disturbed by what he saw,” Wilson said. “He has questions. He has questions just like everybody else does. And he wants answers to those questions.”
Wilson could not say if the deputy involved had any prior incidents or complaints against him.
Deputy Curtis Wilson speaks about the incident at Spring Valley High School.
A video began spreading on social media sites Monday afternoon. In it, a female student can be seen sitting in her chair in a classroom where several other students are present. An officer can be seen grabbing the student out of her desk, causing the chair to flip over. Once the student is on the ground, the officer can be seen grabbing the student and dragging her for several feet.
The officer then tells the girl to put her hands behind her back. A second, shorter video shows the officer restraining the girl.
Late Monday night, News19 obtained a second video of the incident. It’s a longer clip than the initial one, and some extra conversation can be heard.
A new video has emerged of an incident between a deputy and a student.
Lott told News19 that the student refused to leave after a teacher asked her to. An administrator was called to the room, and also asked the student to leave, Lott said, and she refused again. Finally, the school resource officer came to the room. Lott said the officer forcibly removed the student and she resisted arrest.
The girl was charged with disturbing schools, and was released to the custody of her parents. Another female student was also charged with disturbing schools, but Wilson said that was not the person who recorded the video. (Wilson had earlier said the second student was male, but later clarified.)
News19 reached out to Richland School District Two. Superintendent Dr. Debbie Hamm said that the district was “deeply concerned” about the incident, and will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of students.
Roof also said that pending the results of an investigation with the sheriff’s department, the district has directed that the officer not return to any school in the district.
Here is Hamm’s full statement:
“Our District is deeply concerned about an incident that occurred at Spring Valley High School today. The incident took place between a school resource officer employed by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and a student. Video of the incident is circulating on social media.
“Student safety is and always will be the District’s top priority. The District will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of our students.
“Upon learning of the incident, school and district administrators began an investigation. We are working closely and in full cooperation with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department to conduct a thorough and complete investigation.
“Pending the outcome of the investigation, the District has directed that the school resource officer not return to any school in the District.”
Source: WLTX 19
After watching the video, what do you think.. did the officer use excessive force?