Last week, a police officer was recorded body slamming a female student to the ground and dragging her across a classroom. Now, over 100 students at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina conducted a walkout to show their support, not to their fellow classmate, but rather the officer, 34-year-old Deputy Ben Fields, who, as a result, had been fired from his job.
The students left their classrooms and joined in the atrium to express their views on Fields being fired.
While their original intent was to leave the building, the students did not walk off of the school’s campus. Several students of different races wore makeshift t-shirts that read, “Free Fields” or “#BringBackFields.”
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The forceful removal of the teenage girl was initiated because the student refused to put her cell phone away during lecture. After her disobedience, the teacher asked her to leave the classroom, but again, she refused. An administrator was then called to the classroom and pleaded with the girl to leave the room. The student still wouldn’t budge. That’s when Deputy Fields was called to the classroom.
After several requests from the Deputy, the student remained defiant. Fields was then recorded dragging the girl from her desk and slamming her onto the ground to place her under arrest, causing an uproar across social media.
Ben Fields was originally placed on administrative leave while an investigation into the incident took place. However, he has since been fired, which is why the Spring Valley High School students decided to silently protest in his honor.
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