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Video: Students Stage Walkout in Support of Fired SRO

October 30, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Students Stage Walkout in Support of Fired SRO

Students at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, SC, staged a brief walkout in support of school resource officer Ben Fields, the Richland County sheriff's deputy fired after he was videotaped slamming and dragging a noncompliant student out of a desk earlier this week, reports WISTV.

Hundreds of students walked out of class around 10 a.m. and into the school's atrium before school administrators returned the students to class.

Video and photos from the incident captured by students show many of them saying "Free Fields" or wearing T-shirts that say "#BringBackFields."


Comments (16)

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Joseph Power @ 10/31/2015 7:15 AM

What was he supposed to do to the "child". Offer her cookies and milk to leave the room? She got what she had coming to her and her very disrespectful attitude. BRAVO to the students, in the HUNDREDS, that showed support for Office Fields !

Tony @ 10/31/2015 7:46 AM

Well!!! Isn't this refreshing!!! Obviously this Deputy has a following of good students who want him back. Very reassuring to see. Obviously a bunch of good kids siding on his behalf. Good for them!!!!

[email protected] @ 10/31/2015 3:07 PM

Sooooo, if the student was white and was doing all this crap to teachers and others this would be a non-news event. I'm with the students on this. Blues, Stay Safe.

Leonard Mather @ 10/31/2015 5:56 PM

Kudos to those students! It is a joy to find students appreciating the Right Thing to Do as opposed to the Wimps and Wussies among Administration ready to cave in to the "Fence Sitters" afraid to stand for order, discipline while being indecisive when a teacher is incapable of handling an obstreperous student bent on being an obstructionist. This officer acted properly when the chronically indecisive educators were stymied by their own "Yes, but, what if..."

Leonard Mather @ 10/31/2015 6:02 PM

It is a shame when the student body demonstrates more common sense on correct procedures than does the Administration on the matter of support for the fired SRO. He demonstrated decisive action--a rarity for administration. He corrected the inadequacy of the classroom teacher who proved ineptness and indecision. And he should be commended and consulted to assist other teachers not able to manage their classrooms.

ResAgentSWA @ 10/31/2015 8:46 PM

Apparently the students were well treated by the deputy and the only ones complaining are the people doing wrong.

Leonard @ 11/1/2015 6:33 PM

Misguided children, fail to realize that the officer would treat every single one of the with a casual disregard. That officer has no business being Ina school munch less being a COP. He was a danger to each and every one of them

S.S. @ 11/2/2015 7:49 AM

leonard you are a moron. The officer did his job, and the only reason he was fired is because of what the trend is nowadays. Which is believe the maggot and disregard the officer. The administration ought to be ashamed of themselves. Officer i suggest you sue the hell out of the school district as well your dept. Good luck to you officer. Good job to the students who are standing up to these other idiots that fired the officer.

Wayne @ 11/2/2015 8:43 AM

Lenord,
You are another of those people who have no clue what Police Officers do but will be the first person to complain when your child, wife or other family member is hurt because an officer did not do his job. For all we know she could have tried to kick him, grab his weapon or anything else we have to carry on our duty belt. So stop making judgments on a Police Officers when he does his job until all the facts are in. This officer was fired without an investigation, due process by his department or any other investigative organization so he had no right to defend himself.

Cliff @ 11/2/2015 9:08 AM

black or white student it doesn't matter he slammed her.....a grown man slamming a woman is never good. No matter what, had that cop be a black guy and did that he would all say he got what he had coming. Let it be your daughter let's see how you would like knowing your daughter was slammed by a grown man , this is not wrestling its school pick ass up and carry her out of the room....I'm a fan of the police but when they do questionable stuff like this. Its time we stop letting our love blind us from seeing things for what they really are, "wrong is wrong and right is right". Also that was more about excessive force than it was racism and for that reason i think he should be retrained in proper ways of dealing with those situation not fired cause really it does not help no that he is fired

Fed Cop 1 @ 11/2/2015 9:27 AM

Sooo Leonard, you're saying the officer SHOULD have offered milk and cookies to the poor little Miss Behavin? My guess you're NOT a LEO, and have never had to confront a kid that feels empowered to do whatever they want.

Scott Koennicke @ 11/2/2015 12:00 PM

Leonard,
You're apparently be one of the parents who raise their kids to be disrespectful, spoiled and a pimple on the ass of society. Proper parenting would have avoided this problem completely.

tedb @ 11/2/2015 12:36 PM

Has anybody else noticed that the "Moron" Leonard interjects his comments with the timing just right to elicit additional comments? After all these years, I'm beginning to suspect that Leonard is not just the clueless idiot he purports to be, but one of us who enjoys causing hate and discontent among his peers. After all, no one could be as idiotic as Leonard pretends to be.

Robert @ 11/2/2015 12:41 PM

I am starting to feel really bad for some of the people on this board...they have lost all sense of reality, and in many cases decency. Here are some quote, that prove that point: They also show why police reform is urgently needed

JP: "She got what she had coming to her and her very disrespectful attitude". So if you disrespect a cop you deserve to be assaulted? You realize that the police work for ALL citizens, not just those who share their outlook on life. Police even investigate crimes, against Offenders in prison..justice is blind.

Wayne: "For all we know she could have tried to kick him, grab his weapon" Did you not see the video; where did the grab his weapon quote even come from?

Face the facts, that are visible to anyone who has not lost touch with reality. The LEO over-reacted, and was held accountable. I am not saying he is a bad, evil person...but he had a bad day (made mistakes), and he paid for that. The kid will have to face up to her actions later.

Wayne @ 11/4/2015 8:51 AM

Robert and Cliff,
Robert that is my point, the video was so grainy you can’t tell what happened and why he reacted that way. So unless you are the officer involved do not judge your fellow officers on what you see on a video.
Cliff, According to your comments “a grown man slamming a woman is never good.” When I was a young officer I had a woman hit me in the back of the head with a bottle while I was trying to arrest her boyfriend I turned around knocked her out, 12 stitches from that hit and a concussion. Was I wrong in defending myself, should I have ignored her? I have been stab, hit assaulted by woman in domestic violence situations after she called the police because her spouse was assaulting her. So every situation is unique and evolving by the second and you as a LEO needs to react quickly and make split second decisions,
I don’t know if either one of you is a LEO or not, but unless you have been in this kind of situation you have no right to judge what is done. You can state

Wayne @ 11/6/2015 4:56 AM

Robert and Cliff,
Please take the time to read the below article in Police The Law Enfoorcement Magazine dates November 3rd;
Abdicating Law Enforcement Leadership, Paragraph Four (4),

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