A video has been released online showing a confrontation between a female high school student and a school resource officer (video below).
The incident reportedly took place at Spring Valley High School in Richland County, South Carolina, on Oct. 26.
The girl, who is seen sitting at her desk when the clip begins, was allegedly asked to leave the classroom by a teacher but refused to do so.
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After the student falls to the ground, the officer drags her along the ground before ordering her to put her hands behind her back.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, whose office supplies the resource officers at the school, told WLTX an administrator had been called after the student did not obey the teacher’s request to leave. The resource officer subsequently came to the classroom.
The student was forcibly removed and resisted arrest, according to Lott.
The Richland Two Black Parents Association said the video was “egregious" and "unacceptable,” WIS reports.
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“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 association said in a statement, according to WIS. “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 School District Two Superintendent Dr. Libby Roof also issued a statement, according to WLTX:
Our District is deeply concerned about an incident that occurred at Spring Valley High School today ... 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.