For Immediate Release
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: http://www.wistv.com/story/30353999/video-shows-confrontation-between-spring-valley-student-and-school-resource-officer.
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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