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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Maureen Downey
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Maureen Downey has written editorials and opinion pieces about local, state and federal education policy since the 1990s.