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Victoria Middleton, Executive Director, ACLU of South Carolina;; office: 843-720-1424; cell: 703-785-6488
Susan Dunn, Legal Director, ACLU of South Carolina,; office: 843-720-1425; cell: 843-830-1571

ACLU of South Carolina Comment on Video of Violence Against Student by School Resource Officer

WASHINGTON - CHARLESTON – Cell phone videos surfaced on social media today of a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, using excessive force on a female student who was sitting at her desk in a classroom. The videos show her being thrown to the floor and dragged:

Victoria Middleton, Executive Director of the ACLU of South Carolina, had this comment:

"There is no justification whatsoever for treating a child like this. Regardless of the reason for the officer’s actions, such egregious use of force — against young people who are sitting in their classrooms — is outrageous. School should be a place to learn and grow, not a place to be brutalized.

"We must take action to address the criminalization of children in South Carolina, especially at school."



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