Ben Fields, the school resource officer who was seen manhandling the 16-year-old student in a now viral video at the Spring Valley High School, has been fired.
According to CNN, Sheriff Leon Lott of Richland County, South Carolina made the announcement today, saying Fields violated police regulations when he threw the young student. (No mention as to whether or not the Sheriff was referring to him throwing her out of her chair or throwing her across the floor.)
Earlier, Lott said that video of Fields detaining the student made him want to vomit and he vowed to act swiftly in the case. Apparently, he kept his word in that regard.
As the story continues to dominate national headlines, other witnesses to the attack, other students have come forward sharing what they saw that day.
Tony Robinson Jr., who recorded the incident told a local news station that the whole reason she was asked to leave the classroom was because she had a cellphone in class.
He told WLTX:
Around 10:30 a.m., the girl who had the confrontation with the officer was working on her computer, and had her phone out, Robinson said. He said the teacher asked her for her phone, but she said no. An administrator was then called to the room, and Robinson said he pleaded with the girl to get out of her seat, but she didn’t.
“She really hadn’t done anything wrong,” Robinson said. “She said that she had took her phone out, but it was only for a quick second.”
While she didn’t comply, Robinson said the girl was apologetic.
Then the officer, identified as Ben Fields, was called to the class. Robinson said when Fields came in, he asked Robinson’s friend to move a desk. According to the student, Fields then shut the girl’s computer, and moved it to another desk.
Robinson felt something was wrong, and pulled out his phone and began recording.
“When I saw what was about to happen my immediate first thing to think is let me get this on camera. This is going to be something that not only I’m I going to be like ‘wow did this really happened at my class’ but just something that everybody else needs to see. This is something that we can’t let this just pass by.
“I’ve never seen anything so nasty looking, so sick to the point that you know, other students are turning away, don’t know what to do, and are just scared for their lives,” Robinson said. “That’s supposed to be somebody that’s going to protect us. Not somebody that we need to be scare off, or afraid.”
“That was wrong. There was no justifiable reason for why he did that to that girl.”
No doubt about that. We’re happy that Deputy Fields was fired. I don’t know this girl’s background or her family situation but it would certainly be well within her rights to file a lawsuit against Fields and perhaps Spring Valley High School at large.