Crowdfunding pages established for both teens and deputy in Spring Valley case
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Crowdfunding pages have been established for three people involved with the incident at Spring Valley High School that was caught on video last week.
The attorney representing the two students arrested in connection with the shocking video showing a Spring Valley High School resource officer slamming and dragging one of the students has set up a fundraiser for both teens.
Attorney and state Rep. Todd Rutherford has created two GoFundMe pages for both teens.
The fundraiser for the student slammed and dragged in the video has already raised over $43,000 in just three days, according to the GoFundMe page.
"Jane Doe was the victim of police brutality," the page's description said. "While seated in her desk, doing her math work, former Deputy Ben Fields forcibly removed her from the desk by choking her, flipping the desk over while she was still seated, and slinging her six feet across the classroom by her clothes. As a result, she suffers injuries to her ribs, back, neck, shoulder; a broken arm, and abrasions to her face. The funds raised will be put towards medical costs, educational expenses, and any other expenses she has to endure."
The second page, created for Niya Kenny -- the other teen arrested in this case, has raised over $3,300 in the same time period.
"Ms. Kenny, a Spring Valley upperclassmen, was arrested by former-Deputy Ben Fields for being brave and urging onlookers to stop Fields from brutally attacking a young female classmate during their algebra class," the page's description said. "The funds raised for Ms. Kenny will go towards counseling, future educational expenses, and a car."
Supporters of fired deputy Ben Fields have raised more than $6,000 on a page established on IndieGoGo by a man named Joe, who describes themselves as Fields' best friend.
"I've known him for over a decade," the statement on the page reads. "He is a solid, conscientious person who I believe has been unfairly treated in the court of public opinion. That said, he has been an outstanding police officer, athletic coach, and mentor to young people who are flourishing around this country. Ben is both humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support that he's received regarding the incident at Spring Valley High School. However, his trial is far from over and he has many hurdles to cross."
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