A police officer used extremely excessive and malicious use of force to apprehend a Spring Valley High School teen girl in South Carolina.
According to Live 5 News:
School to prison pipeline…without the pipeline. It has to be dismantled. https://t.co/oqr4DH058T
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) October 27, 2015
School officials confirm the incident happened on Monday, but stopped short of releasing further details.
According to Sheriff Leon Lott, the school resource officer was acting in response to a student who was refusing to leave class.
“The student was told she was under arrest for disturbing school and given instructions which she again refused,” Lott said. “The video then shows the student resisting and being arrested by the SRO.”
The video shows the officer approaching the girl sitting at a desk in a classroom. The officer grabs the girl’s arm while putting his own arm around the student’s neck.
A struggle ensues, and the girl falls on the floor before being dragged away and out of the view of the camera.
Parents of students at Spring Valley High School are already reacting to the video. A group calling themselves the Richland Two Black Parents Association 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,” the statement 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”.
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