COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's education superintendent says she is "greatly concerned" by videos showing an officer tossing a female student out of her desk during an arrest.
Molly Spearman said in a statement Tuesday that she has talked to local, state and federal authorities about the violent confrontation between the student and a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School.
The FBI and Justice are investigating and Senior Deputy Ben Fields is on leave. Videos shot by students show Fields removing from her desk after she refuses to get up.
Spearman says school districts contract with hundreds of school resource officers who work to protect students. She says it's vital that students have respect for law enforcement, but also equally important that law enforcement ensure they do not abuse the power and trust school districts instill in them.