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SC high school officer beats down student during arrest

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Monday, October 26, 2015, 5:47 PM

A school resource officer at Spring Valley High School in S.C. is seen on video in a confrontation with a female student who allegedly refused to leave the classroom.Facebook

A South Carolina sheriff’s deputy attacked a high school student as classmates watched in horror, shocking footage revealed.

A video recorded by a student at the Spring Valley High School in Columbia showed a school resource officer asking a student to get out of her seat. He stands over her desk and tells the student, “either you’re coming with me or I’ll make you.” Without giving her time to get up, he grabs her and flips her over, slamming her onto the ground.

The school’s resource officer then drags her out of her chair and tossed her across the room, as students watched speechlessly. The deputy then pins her down on her stomach as he puts her hands behind her back.

Students at the school identified Ben Fields as the officer behind the classroom throwdown. They’ve also noted that the officer has had a history of roughing up students. Fields is listed on the Richland County sheriff’s department’s website as a senior deputy assigned to Spring Valley High School. On his now-deleted Twitter page, he described himself as football coach for the school’s defensive line, and a strength coach.

The Richland County sheriff’s department said it’s aware of the situation and currently investigating the attack. A lieutenant told the Daily News it was looking into the video before suspending or reprimanding the officer.

The officer, who students identified as Ben Fields, has a history of roughing up kids. Facebook

The officer, who students identified as Ben Fields, has a history of roughing up kids.

Enlarge The officer flipped her over and then tossed her across the room during the arrest, the video showed. Facebook

The officer flipped her over and then tossed her across the room during the arrest, the video showed.

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The officer flipped her over and then tossed her across the room during the arrest, the video showed.

The student was under arrest for disturbing school and resisting arrest after refusing to leave the class, cops said.

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