COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A White sheriff’s deputy in South Carolina is on leave after a video showed him pulling a Black female high school student from her desk and dragging her across a classroom.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott was returning to Columbia on Tuesday from a conference in Chicago to get more information about the confrontation at Spring Valley High School.
Lt. Curtis Wilson says Senior Deputy Ben Fields has been placed on leave.
No one was hurt in Monday’s confrontation, which officials said occurred after the student refused Fields’ order to leave the classroom for being disruptive.
School administrator Debbie Hamm said in a statement that the school district is “deeply concerned.” Hamm said student safety is always the top priority and the district will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize student safety.