COLUMBIA, SC – Someone’s got some explaining’ to do, and we can bet that nothing is going to justify what’s happening in a video that’s gone viral.
The cell phone video shows what happened in a Spring Valley High School math class in Columbia, SC.
In the video, school resource officer Ben Fields tries to remove a female student who refused to stop using a cell phone in class.
He flips her over in her desk, drags her to the front of the classroom, puts a knee to her back, then puts her in cuffs.
"We don't want anyone to rush to judgment, but we also feel that the video was very, very disturbing,” said Lt. Curtis Wilson of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
He said the teacher called for the officer when the student refused to hand over her cell phone.
The student did not have a weapon.
"It certainly alarms you and makes you a little bit afraid of what is actually happening within our schools,” said Stephen Gilchrist of the Richland 2 Black Parents Association.
Officer Fields in on administrative leave with orders to stay away from the school where he has been assigned since 2008 after school officials became concerned about gang activity.
Last November, a local elementary school presented Fields with a Cultural Award of Excellence for serving as an exceptional role model for students.
It’s pretty clear that something wrong happened this day, but with the possibility of a federal investigation, it may be a while before we find out who gets to share the blame.