A class filled with students at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina, watched as one of their own was brutally assaulted by officer Ben Fields. But Niya Kenny stood up for her classmate, and was arrested at Spring Valley High School following the altercation between her classmate and Fields.
In an interview with WLTX, Kenny said she was devastated at what she was witnessing.
“I was crying, screaming and crying like a baby,” says Kenny. “I was in disbelief.”
I know this girl don’t got nobody and I couldn’t believe this was happening,” Kenny explained. “I had never seen nothing like that in my life, a man use that much force on a little girl. A big man, like 300 pounds of full muscle. I was like ‘no way, no way.’ You can’t do nothing like that to a little girl. I’m talking about she’s like 5’6″.”
According to Kenny, the classmate wasn’t participating in class, when her black male teacher asked her to leave but she refused.
“I was screaming ‘What the f, what the f is this really happening?’ I was praying out loud for the girl,” says Kenny. “I just couldn’t believe this was happening I was just crying and he said, since you have so much to say you are coming too. I just put my hands behind my back.”
The student’s mother, Doris Kenny, said she’s not upset with her daughter.
“My child, and I’m not mad at her, she was brave enough to speak out against what was going on and didn’t back down and it resulted in her being arrested,” says Doris Kenny.
Her daughter was charged with disturbing schools, but she questioned who was the one actually doing the disturbing.
“But looking at the video, who was really disturbing schools? Was it my daughter or the officer who came in to the classroom and did that to the young girl?”