Student cellphones show South Carolina cop flipping girl out of seat, throwing her on ground

UPDATE Tuesday morning: There are several videos of this incident circulating at this point. Here is one from a student’s Twitter account that shows a clearer view. (Some posters have noted a few students continue their work and seem unfazed with the havoc.  You will see that in these images.)

Back to the original blog from Monday:

A police officer assigned to a high school in Columbia, S.C., was asked to remove a disruptive female student from a classroom this afternoon.

His response — to flip the young woman out of her chair and throw her down on the ground — is sparking strong condemnation on social media after a video from Spring Valley High School went viral.

Caught on student cell phones, the incident has already led to the officer being placed on administrative duty, according to WLTX/Channel 19 in Columbia.

There are several videos circulating at this point. Here is one that shows a clearer view of the incident.

In a statement released to the station, a spokeswoman for Richland School District Two said:

Our District is deeply concerned about an incident that occurred at  today. The incident took place between a school resource officer employed by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and a student. Video of the incident is circulating on social media.

Student safety is and always will be the District’s top priority. The District will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of our students.

Upon learning of the incident, school and district administrators began an investigation. We are working closely and in full cooperation with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department to conduct a thorough and complete investigation. Pending the outcome of the investigation, the District has directed that the school resource officer not return to any school in the District.

Watch the video:

 

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Gidget Hrobowski
Gidget Hrobowski

I am usually not at a lost for words, but today after viewing most of these negative comments I am practically speechless. No doubt, most of the comments came from my people, the white race, and to be perfectly honest I am ashamed. As a Jew, I saw racism up close and personal and I will never forget the fact that I never met my grandparents, and two uncles because they were murdered in the death camps by the Nazi's. I cannot bare injustice and unequal treatments. Blacks and Jews have do much in common.

Your comments are horrible and if I was not a Christian woman I'd say more than use the word horrible. To say things like she deserved this treatment, blacks are always complaining about race, she should have obeyed, whatever. I envision how you'd react it that was little Susan or Tommy being beaten by a black cop, you'd want to lynch him. You know you would so quit lying, hypocrites. You know this was wrong yet you continue to rant like fools about black people as though you are victims, acting as though they don't have any right to be upset. Get off your high horse. The guy should have not only gotten fired but he should have been arrested. You can tell he is used to treating black people in that manner because he was comfortable enough to use violence in front of witnesses. And shame on that bumbling officers who talked on his behalf, commenting as if the child being abused was the least of his concerns. I don't care what she did, it was more than wrong it was tragic. This man is a disgrace to decent cops.

You know, I was allowing this to get me upset, and then I started praying. I have a message for you that accept this violence as justified due to your hatred of blacks, if you're stating this was about race you're a liar and you know it. I don't know if y'all believe in God, it's hard for me to believe you could (sorry God), but he's coming back and you see all the racist hatred y'all have inside you, yes hatred, God will deal with you folks that condone hate and enjoy evil. I don't have to get upset, y'all will be dealt with. But I pray for your souls that y'all will repent. I am praying you will. Shalom!!!

Joel Bargas
Joel Bargas

You know what sheep? I'm sure there'd be an outcry but they NEVER show the stories of black cops doing harm to WHITE or other races. You wanna stop racism? STOP bringing race into the equation. N for the record, if my child did what SHE did, (which I don't worry about that BC I've taught my child respect) not only would I shake the officers hand and apologize for my daughter's actions, she'd take a whippin when she got home.

Milly Ridriguez
Milly Ridriguez

I agree she is a spoiled brat,disrespectful that seems to get away with her parents.and the cop shouldn't have gotten removed from his job.please note I am not racist there is black in my family.you all need to look at the so that you see how many times this cop asked her to get off her chair people need to respect authority who ever released this guy from duty made a mistake

Milly Ridriguez
Milly Ridriguez

I agree she is a spoiled and the cop shouldn't have gotten fired

Valeri Ann Schulz
Valeri Ann Schulz

She deserved it! And her parents are terrible parents for raising a disrespectful little brat. Ignorance isn't going to get you anywhere. .I'm not racist by any means but had it been a black cop doing it to a white girl, we wouldn't scream racism. But the blacks always have to use the word racist every time something l I Ike this happens. It's sad and disgusting. Have some damn morals and manners in this case.

Nique111
Nique111

@Valeri Ann Schulz "The Blacks"...

Why is it that when white people say something racially motivated, they feel the need to add the disclaimer "I'm not racist at all"? Hmm I wonder...

Deborah Torres
Deborah Torres

Had it been a white girl the comments would be white kids are so disrespectful!!!!l, why is the teacher so quiet????. what did he do to make the situation better? The Bible says a kind word turns away wrath., I think the teacher was mad she wasn't listening... i would have let her stay on the phone... it would have back fired on her this isn't the officers fault....THIS Isn't ABOUT race... America is more divided than ever thanks to this administration... there's a bigger agenda... whose gonna come to your aid when you call the police? Get ready for MARSHALL LAW! YOU'LL BE BEGGING FOR POLICE AGAIN.

Phoenician Jeffries
Phoenician Jeffries

Regardless if the girl was being disrespectful or not I feel that he had no right to put his hands on her he could have hurt her really bad then be would be dealing then way more than being fired how can we teach our kids about respect to another and bullying fighting etc if it happening in there own face about the cop a small incident with the girl refuse to leave the class could have been resolve in a way more better manner say if a child refuse to leave the class again what will happen next because all these kids see is violence so what she refuse she has a mother and a father I would have call her parents I bet they would have had her removed all I'm trying to say is to me it seem like a case of a deputy getting fed up with kids that don't respect or listen to him but it is his job its his job to stop violence from one another and that includes himself he should have thought before reaction and got her parents there fast.

KimyK62
KimyK62

They have these cops there for a reason....it's because of disrespectful kids like this girl, who was never taught to respect authority.  To bad he didn't have a taser

Patricia Haynes
Patricia Haynes

There is no justification for the Officer, he did not use any of his training, in fact he esscalated the incident.  I also do not believe the Schools really care about the safety of our children as the Teacher and other Adminastrator in classroom watched this offier man-handle this child while other students watched this happen.  Do you think the student who watched this were affected as well. The Teacher and Adminstrator ought to be called into the office for what they did not do.  In the video it did not appear the girl was distrupting the class with her cellphone.  Schools wake up and join the 21st Century.  News Flash~Electronis Devises are here to stay.  We do more with them than talk i.e. ~ we do on-line banking, pay bills, take pics, get directions, obtain inforation, get the news, etc. etc.  There will come a day when the Teachet will walk into classroom and say "Ok class take out your tablets we re going to learn a new ...."    Instead of phohibiting thes devices we need to be identifying ways they can be helpful in our learning, lets face it almost evety child has an electronis devise stop punishing them for this and use it to futher their learning.  We ate not going to give up our cellphones ~you ought to know that!!

G Dub
G Dub

@Greg Marlow

In this case, stand by. Not walk away. He already has a record of excessive force. Why did he even respond to a call at a school? Since he did and it was a female underage student he could of asked for the assistance of a female officer. That would be the action of an officer that does not intend to hurt a little girl.

JaddyBaddy
JaddyBaddy

Caught the coverage of the incident in Columbia, 

SC, of the teenage black girl creating a classroom 

disturbance, talking on her cell phone, ignoring 

the teacher's and police demands to cease and 

desist. My first question: When did she first 

consult a liar, uh lawyer, before she created 

the disturbance, or after? Was she on her phone 

at the time, receiving blow by blow instructions 

from her liar, or parents, on exactly what to 

say and do to incite the police into action? 

Sounds to me like somebody took a chapter out 

of Al Tawanna Brawley Sharpton's book on How 

to Get Rich Being Black in Uhmericuh. 


Who did the American Bu[[ $\-\1+ Corporation

consult as an on air Authority on school 

security? New Joisy! Since when has Joisy lead 

the YSA on anything beyond gridlock, school 

truancy, dropout rates and governor girth? 

Who gives a crap what Joisy does about 

Anything?


If you got shot resisting arrest; it's Your 

Fault you got shot, not the cops'. If you got 

hurt getting thrown out of class because you 

refused a lawful request to leave the 

classroom; it's Your Fault you got hurt, not 

the cop's. If you initiate an incident of

any kind; whatever happens, thereafter, is all 

on YOU.


Are you as sick and tired as I am of watching

black people incite riots and arrest, just 

so their liars can cash in on the judicial

lottery system of the Yankee States of 

Uhmerica? If Uhmericuh don't like the way the 

South runs their schools, streets, courts and 

business, then set the South free, and you 

won't have to answer for us. More importantly,

we won't have to answer to the Yankee, anymore. 

G Dub
G Dub

SHE'S ONLY A LITTLE GIRL...REALLY?

It's always the BLACK girl/victim vs the white over aggressive cop. If it had been a black male police officer slamming a cute teenage white girl on the ground, it would be a totally different reaction from most people who claim to be defending the police. It's still a race issue...it's clear he's a racists white cop. That is a teenage girl. Would he do that to his daughter? I think not.

Mar Green
Mar Green

I hope Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpening teach this girl some respect and how to follow directions. If she would have followed directions we are not even talking about this. A guy would have not lost his job. Lost in this is a girl no matter what color can not respect authority! That is what is wrong with kids today. You go try to teach kids in the classroom setting today! She has problems in her life, like other kids don't we have to stop making excuses for kids, most kids are going through something in there life.

G Dub
G Dub

I would like to see a BLACK cop do that to a 12yo white girl only to see how the country reacts to that.

G Dub
G Dub

So it's cool to beat up teenage girls if they talk back, or just the black ones?

redweather
redweather

@G Dub Perhaps black cops know better than to do something like that. Maybe they have personal experience that has helped them gain a better understanding of how to handle situations like this.

Billy Trapp
Billy Trapp

This is clearly another case that us as Americans should be paying attention to.

The police are to protect and serve the general public. That is their duty.

More and more we are seeing police officers become more and more like a militant force. This in its self is dangerous. No longer are your rights as a citizen taken into account. She was not breaking any laws that I'm aware of and that is what is essential.

Murders, beatings, and unlawful incarceration is now what we have come to expect and except as a nation. Read the constitution, specifically the bill of rights, and you would understand that this is wrong, regardless of race..

Greg Marlow
Greg Marlow

So the officer should have walked away?

Carlos Melgar
Carlos Melgar

Kids need to respect authority... She clearly did not want to be escorted out by the police officer, was given enough chances to leave by the teacher but refused and assaulted the officer (closed fist back hand) regardless of gender,race,or size.

Kind of like when you ask someone to leave a wedding and they refuse you call the police, and hope they leave on their own.

Remember when Zsa Zsa Gaber was arrested for slapping a cop.

1smartipantz
1smartipantz

I'm so tired of certain people always making it about race! It's only about race if you make it about race! We are not living in the past anymore and need to move on from those days. Whether you're black, white, Asian, Hispanics, whatever; we all need to move past the race card and see it for what it is. The girl was rude and disrespectful and it's obvious she put up a fight. The officer also could have handled it much better, with less force. If this had happened to any other race, it probably would not have blown up as big as it has.

G Dub
G Dub

Wrong if the officer was black and the girl was white..I'm sure it would be worse.

Faith Tenacious
Faith Tenacious

There were other students in the class that reported what happened, one student stated it started with the teacher requesting the girl put her cell phone up and escalated from there…. I believe the officer should have used a different tactic, the force was inappropriate.  But the fact that the officer had two prior incidents, one dismissed in court and the other is still pending, both for inappropriate conduct.  No, doubt all of this played a factor in the decision to terminate his employment. Nonetheless, I am deeply troubled that the student didn’t comply with the teacher’s simple request, and disrupted the entire class room to the point the teacher had to FIRST get a school administrator to come into the class in an effort to get the student to comply, after the student didn’t comply, the administrator, gets the officer to assist with the problem. If we don’t get a handle on issues like this our society is going to be in serious trouble…Maybe the girl should have used the cell phone to call her parent(s), and explain how she was being defiant….

Dawn Burns
Dawn Burns

I am so very tired of hearing about because they were black this happened or that happened! things happen to people in all races it is how we act or react that makes us better people! This young girl showed no respect for her elders or fellow students and I can only blame her for that! I do not agree however with the way that she was treated by the police officer! he should be charged in my opinion because I believe in a no hands on policy! I also think there should be a school rule that prohibits cell phones being on during class time if this rule is broken then suspend the offending student. remember violence teaches violence!

ClaudiaNelson
ClaudiaNelson

I have no problem with this. If my daughter had flipped ANYONE off, refused to follow adult requests or whatever, I would have supported THE TEACHER AND THE COP. If I knew my kid was that out of control in a classroom instead of LISTENING, and LEARNING...then GOOD FOR THE COP. Today's kids are totally disrespectful, loudmouthed, crass and entitled.

newsphile
newsphile

The consistent tale appears to be the teacher first worked with the student, then summoned an administrator who worked with the student, and then an officer was requested.  None of this is on any of the videos I have seen.  Folks, neither you nor I know what really happened in that classroom.  It's disappointing that we have so many "experts" on the matter. 

DrProudBlackMan
DrProudBlackMan

If any parent was caught on tape doing this they would promptly be reported to DFACS and most possibly arrested. Regardless of what their child did. Lets be real most of you all are supporting the cop because he is white and the girl is black.

ClaudiaNelson
ClaudiaNelson

@DrProudBlackMan I just read the rest of your comment...I missed on my first post the "race card." It's expired. I was supporting the cop even before I saw the video and didn't KNOW what color each party was.

ClaudiaNelson
ClaudiaNelson

@DrProudBlackMan And THAT is 100% of the issue. Let parents punish kids. I'm not talking "abuse," I'm talking DISCIPLINE that is APPROPRIATELY. When I was in school my teachers were ALSO allowed to discipline me. My parents were on the TEACHER'S SIDE. And for good reason!!

1smartipantz
1smartipantz

@DrProudBlackMan Omg! You didn't not just play the race card. You know, if it was white on white, it would not have made news! Get over it. I'm not condoning how the officer handled it but clearly she was very disrespectful to not listen to her teacher in the first place. Stop living in the past and in 2015! You sound very ignorant. It's never a race issue unless one makes it one. And from history, it's always a black person making it an issue. White, Asian, Hispanics whatever, get shot by a black officer daily but we never hear about it because they don't make it a race issue.

An American Patriot
An American Patriot

You know, I'm not going to comment on what the Policeman did or what the student did to make him take the action he took; however, I am going to comment on the school rules that allow students to carry cell phones into the classroom or anywhere else on school grounds.  There should be a policy that prohibits students cell phones from being anywhere but their locked locker when school is in session.  Folks, this is getting to be a very, very bad problem and, it it hasn't already, could lead to an incident where a student is ruined for life, i. e., cannot get into college, get a job or everything else important in life.  Cell phones or any other device that takes a picture or film should be BANNED AT SCHOOL

Gene Bohen
Gene Bohen

@An American Patriot you are   100 percent.,totally  and  absolutely  correct...cell phones  belong in student lockers.PERIOD. NO EXCEPTIONS. School boards, administration, teachers, put your heads together and make this happen.

popcornular
popcornular

He may lose his job as a cop, but I hear the Department of Sanitation and Trash Removal has their eye on him. 

DrProudBlackMan
DrProudBlackMan

@popcornular 

And this is why YOU PEOPLE are despised in black communities. Your lame attempt at a dog whistle, equating blacks with trash, is how YOU PEOPLE in my opinion really feel. The anonymity of the net gives you coward bigots a platform to talk excrement.

ClaudiaNelson
ClaudiaNelson

@DrProudBlackMan @popcornular Uh...wasn't the cop WHITE? So what does that have to do with equating blacks with trash if you say there's a job opening? Wow, you have a really BIG BIG black chip on your shoulder...

Mark Piazzo
Mark Piazzo

There's a police officer in that school for a reason and she should have been told by her parents or parent to do what the police say. What did she expect would happen. Oh ya and it election time the African Americans need to get out and vote for Dem's.. Have a great day.

Sambo1974
Sambo1974

@Laura161 @Mark Piazzo Mark is calling it as it is.  Why are we so afraid to tell the truth.  This political correctness BS is nauseating.  It is always racism when someone says anything that black people do not like.

class80olddog
class80olddog

The National Defense League talks about the school to prison pipeline - it is clear that his young woman was already headed in that direction - or maybe to an early grave.  What if she gets stopped and refuses to get out of a car and makes crazy moves and gets shot and killed? 

mamaj7104
mamaj7104

There is no justification for this big grown man handling this young girl like this, and it makes no difference what color she was, although it surely would not have happened to her white counterpart and the officer had been black. Are you kidding me?. A parent would not have been allowed to come into the school and do what this "officer" did to their own child, but somehow it is okay for someone else to do it?


Surely this young woman deserves some stern consequences for her actions, but slamming her down onto the floor from a chair because she would not get off of a cellphone, DID NOT call for that kind of response.

 Aren't psychologists and white parents always saying children shouldn't be spanked, and, violence begets violence?---but it's okay if they're black to slam them onto the floor out of a chair.

It's so very apparent that police/resource officers have only one way to solve any and all problems--and that is with violence. They may as well leave their brains at home, because they're not needed.

waltbellamy
waltbellamy

@mamaj7104 

"Aren't psychologists and white parents always saying children shouldn't be spanked, and, violence begets violence?"  No I am not.  I am saying paddle that a$$, black or white.

ClaudiaNelson
ClaudiaNelson

@mamaj7104 Frankly, had that been my daughter, she would have gotten even worse when she got home and I found out what a BRAT she was being to disrupt the class. Face it...most kids are SNOTS...and big ENTITLED SNOTS!

Greg Marlow
Greg Marlow

Can we have you show everyone how it's done when you have a disrespectful subject because clearly you are the teacher.