Newly released videos revealed the horrible, violent abuse levied against a young African American student in Spring Valley High school in Columbia, South Carolina for doing nothing but sitting calmly in her chair (CNN News).
Out of control Caucasian power lifter, Sheriff Deputy and School resource officer, Ben Fields was seen on video power lifting a thin African American female student and her chair from behind her desk and then slamming her and the chair to the ground. He then proceeds to drag her and the chair along the floor, bouncing her against the wall and other chairs, shouting to her to give him her hands. After dragging her, he then used his knee to handcuff her.
This occurred while the other students sat in their chairs stunned and adults stood around the room gaping at the spectacle. One redeeming factor is that one female student stood up to help her abused classmate and was also immediately arrested by the out of control Deputy. No adult or teacher tried to intercede or to stop this abuse.
Where was the principal, counselor, teacher, school psychologist, supportive aides or someone trained to de-escalate and work in situations that are out of control? Although, the only person that seemed out of control was Ben Fields, who the students call the “Incredible Hulk”(CNN News, October 27, 2015). The principal and teacher should also be held responsible, disciplined and fired for using poor judgment and allowing this abuse to occur against this child. They are responsible for the safety of all students and should not allow anyone to be abused as the young lady was in the video.
Ben Fields has a history of abuse and violence. In 2007 an African American couple sued him for false arrest, excessive force and violation of free speech. Carlos Martin reported that he was slammed to the ground by Fields and repeatedly kicked during a traffic stop. Fields confiscated his wifes’ phone while trying to take pictures of the abuse. Another student, Ashton Reese, at the high school is suing Fields for lack of due process, negligence, negligent supervision and violation of the right to public education. (CNN News interviews, October 27, 2015)
This brave, young female student and the young student who supported her are simply victims of the Cash for Kids, Modern Day Slavery Program to arrest African Americans and send them to prison to work for free as slaves while the officers and owners are awarded and compensated through the private prison system . In addition, it is an imitation of the Nazi Germany slave labor program and shows no respect or regard for Black lives (DemocracyNow.org October 27, 2015).
These young women join the ranks of other Black and Brown females who were victims of police bullying, abuse, battered while pregnant or killed by police including: Charlena Cook, Sandra Amezquita, Mercedes Hidalgo, Sandra Bland, Laura Nelson, Alisha Thomas, Treshon Cousin, Tammany Parish, Raynetta Turner, Joyce Curnell, Ralkina Jones, Kindra Chapman, Margaret LaVerne Mitchell, LaTanya Haggerty, Kendra James, Alberta Spruill, Kathryn Johnston, Tarika Wilson, Aiyana Stanley Jones, Malissa Williams, Shantel Davis, Sharmel Edwards, Rekia Boyd, ShereeseFrancis, Alesha Thomas, Shelly Frye, Darnisha Harris, Malissa Williams, Shantell Davis, Miriam Carey, Kaley Moore, Sheneque Proctor, Yvette Smith, Sharon Mosley, Tanisha Anderson, Michelle Cusseaux and Natasha McKenna.
Having served as teacher, counselor, principal and administrator for inner-city schools in Philadelphia, the fifth largest city in the United States where the student population in one school could number into the thousands; this kind of abuse does not have to occur. Two young students were abused, arrested and charged, one for sitting in her seat and the other student for trying to stop the violent abuse of another student while the adults in authority stood around. We must not accept this abuse in schools when there are competent adults who can work with and teach students in a peaceful way without abusing them or standing around watching the abuse of the students by police.
On October 28, 2015, Deputy School Resource Officer, Ben Fields was fired from his position with the School District (CNN news).