Students at Spring Valley High School staged a brief walkout in support of school resource officer Ben Fields, the Richland County sheriff’s deputy caught on camera violently dragging a student out of a classroom earlier this week. Hundreds of students, including those of African-American descent, walked out of class around 10 a.m. and into the school’s atrium before school administrators returned them to class. Video and photos from the walkout show many of them chanting “Free Fields” and wearing #BringBackFields t-shirts.
Fields was fired by Sheriff Leon Lott earlier this week after video of the incident between him and a female student went viral on social media and sparked a nationwide discussion on school resource officers and use of force.
The former deputy also released a statement through his attorney defending his actions.
“We believe that Mr. Fields’ actions were justified and lawful throughout the circumstances of which he was confronted during this incident,” the attorney’s statement said.
— Cassibry (@JCass_12) October 30, 2015
Some are saying a good portion of the students went along with the walkout just to get out of class. What do you think?