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Video shows US school officer throwing student in classroom

Published 27/10/2015 | 05:16

The incident happened in the US state of South Carolina
The incident happened in the US state of South Carolina

A South Carolina school resource officer has been banned during an investigation af ter a video surfaced showing him throwing a student across a classroom floor.

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The incident apparently captured on a student's mobile phone happened at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.

School officials and sheriff's deputies said they are investigating what happened.

"Pending the outcome of the investigation, the district has directed that the school resource officer not return to any school in the district," Richland Two Superintendent Debbie Hamm said.

Deputy Ben Fields will be placed on administrative duties as authorities investigate his handling of the female student, Richland County Sheriff's Lieutenant Curtis Wilson said.

The video shows Mr Fields asking a girl to rise from a classroom desk. Another adult is standing nearby. The girl stays seated, so the officer wraps a forearm around the child's neck.

The officer then tips the attached chair and desk backward until she spills to the floor. He then throws the girl several feet across the floor to the front of the classroom where he ordered her hands behind her back and applied handcuffs.

The video shows the officer removing a student who was disruptive and refused to leave class, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said.

The video then shows the student resisting and being arrested by the officer, he said.

Mr Wilson said later that Mr Lott, who is attending an out-of-town conference, "was very disturbed' by the video but asked for public patience during the investigation.

The images captured an "egregious use of force" against the student, American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina executive director Victoria Middleton said.

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