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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Shocking cellphone video shows a school resource officer purportedly arresting a student inside a Spring Valley High School classroom in South Carolina.
Officials confirmed that the video was taken inside the school Monday, according to WIS-TV.
The footage shows a school resources officer grabbing the girl around the neck with one arm, gripping her arm with his other hand and flipping her backward out of her chair.
“Either you’re coming with me or I’ll make you,” the officer can be heard saying.
The student falls to the floor and he forcibly drags her out of the room as other students appear to cringe.
“The student was told she was under arrest for disturbing school and given instructions which she again refused,” Sheriff Leon Lott told the station. “The video then shows the student resisting and being arrested by the SRO.”
Some parents calling themselves the “Richland Two Black Parents Association” are blasting the school resource officer’s actions in a statement:
“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. 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.”
The school’s Facebook page quickly filled with angry comments from people who watched the video.
“This makes me sick to my stomach. This officer flipped her with the desk on top of her..and literally threw her across the room. Shame on the teacher for just standing there…and shame on all the staff at this school for allowing this kind of person in your school,” wrote Annel Grimes.
“There really does need to be a public response to the abuse your officer showed before things get worse,” commented Sky Ralph.
Spring Valley High School did not return calls for comment.AlertMe