Video Incident Raises Questions about School Officers’ Role

-NEWS CHANNEL 6 WJBF.COM, 2 NOVEMBER 2015, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON AND PROF. JOSH GUPTA-KAGAN:

The video of a school resource officer (SRO) pulling a female student out of her desk at Spring Valley High in Columbia is raising questions about the role of SROs.

The video has been seen nationwide, showing Richland County Sheriff’s Department Senior Deputy Ben Fields pull the student out of her desk and across the floor. Sheriff Leon Lott fired Fields for not following procedures.

Fields had been called to the classroom after the girl refused to obey the teacher’s and an administrator’s orders for her to leave for having used her cell phone during class. <Read More>