School officer fired after tossing student in class

A deputy who flipped a disruptive student out of her desk and tossed her across the floor was fired on Wednesday (October 28).

The sheriff calls his actions unacceptable and said videos recorded by her classmates show the girl did not pose a threat to anyone.

“What he should not have done is throw the student,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. “Police officers make mistakes too. They’re human and they need to be held accountable, and that’s what we’ve done with Deputy Ben Fields.”

Fields is a veteran school resource officer and football coach at Spring Valley High School.

The student who started the confrontation by refusing to hand over her cellphone after her math teacher saw her texting, as well as another student who verbally challenged the officer’s actions during the arrest, will still face charges of disturbing schools.

“The student was not allowing the teacher to teach and not allowing the students to learn. She was very disrespectful and she started this whole incident,” said Lott. “It doesn’t justify his actions. But she also needs to be held responsible for what she did.”

PHOTO: © AP Photo

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