Parents outraged over video of student, school officer fight

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RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. — A video of a confrontation between a South Carolina high school student and the school resource officer has sparked outrage with some parents.

The video was taken at Spring Valley High School, located northeast of Columbia.

School officials confirmed to WIS-TV the incident happened on Monday but did not provide additional details.

In the video, a struggle ensues and the student falls on the floor before being dragged away and out of view of the camera. WIS-TV reports that the student is female.

Parents of students at the high school are reacting to the video. A group called the “Richland Two Black Parents Association” called the video “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 group said in a statement, according to WIS-TV. “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.”

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told WLTX that the student had been disruptive and refused to leave the class after the teacher asked her to. An administrator was called to the room and made the same request and the student refused again, Lott said.

When the school resource officer came to the classroom, the officer forcibly removed the student and she resisted arrest, Lott told WLTX.

Richland School District Two Superintendent Dr. Libby Roof told WLTX that the district was “deeply concerned” about the incident and will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of students.

WARNING: Some viewers may find the video disturbing.

12 comments

  • Brandon

    So it’s automatically a racial issue?? Just like other “victims” who refuse to respect authority then complain when they suffer the consequences. I’m not saying the amount of force is justified in this case, but does it doesn’t always have to come back to a racial issue.

  • Abdul

    Brandon if you understand that police abuse are more likely to happen to African Americans due to the percieved stereotype that young black males are violent, as shown in this video the young man was acting the opposite of violent and still the police officer threw him on the ground like an animal with little or no regard to his safety. Now if it was a white person, the policeman would not probably abuse him like that.BOTTOM LINE: THE ISSUE IS RACE RELATED.

    • YATYAS

      No fucking balls!! That’s why punks like you always end up at the bottom of my 13 inch steel toe combat boots!! Semper Fi.

  • E. Nygma

    Really? There’s so much worse being recorded by high school kids these days. They knock each other out or do things far worse than what this “kid” (she’s 18 by the way) went through. Don’t believe me? just YouTube high school fights or world star hip hop knock outs. Why no outrage there? Why is it such an “outrage” when the police and some one of color is involved? Oh wait it’s typical media fodder and right now bashing the police is trendy and gets views.

  • Everardo

    The incident certainly seemed pretty violent. Could less force have been used? I don’t know .Certainly the student was disruptive and since teachers and administrators can’t physically remove a student they needed to call the Resource Officer. If a teacher or administrator even touches a student they immediately claim “abuse”. This whole thing could have been avoided if the student had stopped doing whatever disruptive behavior she was doing when she was told to do so. Also, I wonder if her parents had taught her about respect because she was certainly disrespecting the teacher and the administrator and her fellow students. Because of HER behavior, everyone lost out on instruction time and the time money and resources to investigate will cost tax payer money. With our schools being so under funded, money should not be spent on non-sense like this.

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