A video has surfaced online that shows a confrontation between a young female student and a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School. School officials confirmed the incident happened on Monday, but have not offered any further details on the matter.
The incident reportedly began when the student refused to leave after a teacher asked her to. An administrator was asked to get involved, and also asked the student to leave but she refused again. The administrator and the teacher then decided to call the school resource officer to the room.
In the video, the female student can be seen sitting in her chair in a classroom amongst her classmates. The officer is standing over – presumably asking her to stand – when he grabs her by her shoulders, causing the chair to flip over. Without pausing, the officer continued dragging her until she was forcibly removed from the chair. He drags her several feet to the front of the classroom.
The video began circulating on social media sites Monday afternoon and has already enraged parents of students at Spring Valley High School. A group called Richland Two Black Parents Association has already called the video “egregious” and “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,” a statement from the group said. “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.”
According to Lieutenant Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Leon Lott – who is in charge of the school resource program at the school – was disturbed by the video and has already launched an investigation into the incident. The school resource officer has already been placed on administrative duty.
The female student in the video was charged with disturbing schools, but was later released to the custody of her parents. Superintendent of Richland School District Two, Dr. Libby Roof, also expressed concern over the event and promised full cooperation with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department to complete a thorough investigation.
“Student safety is and always will be the District’s top priority,” Roof said. “The District will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of our students.”