Video shows Columbia, S.C., area school officer tossing student in classroom

Video shows Columbia, S.C., area school officer tossing student in classroom
October 29
00:00 2015

Above: A resource officer is seen in a classroom in the Columbia, S.C., area before he is seen tossing a student across a classroom floor. (Photo from Anonymous via

The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. ⎯ A South Carolina school district banned a school resource officer pending an investigation after a video surfaced showing him tossing a student across a classroom floor.

The incident apparently captured on a student’s cell phone happened at Spring Valley High School in Columbia. School officials and sheriff’s deputies are investigating what happened, Richland Two Superintendent Debbie Hamm said. “Pending the outcome of the investigation, the district has directed that the school resource officer not return to any school in the district,” Hamm said in a prepared statement.

The video shows a uniformed officer asking a student to rise from a classroom desk. Another adult is standing nearby. The student stays seated, when the officer wraps a forearm around the child’s neck. He tips the attached chair and desk backward until the student spills to the floor. Then the officer tosses the child several feet across the floor to the front of the classroom.

The video shows the officer removing a student who was disruptive and refused to leave class, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told multiple media outlets.
“The video then shows the student resisting and being arrested by the officer,” Lott said.

The images captured an “egregious use of force” against the student, ACLU of South Carolina Executive Director Victoria Middleton said.

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