Even without the full context, even without knowing what happened beforehand, the video is appalling.
It shows a South Carolina school resource officer yanking a student from her desk, causing her to fall backward in her chair. He then throws her several feet across the floor.
Other students sit silently, with one student covering his face with his hand.
But the outrage was raucous on social media, with some calling for the officer’s firing.
The incidents started when a Spring Valley High School teacher told the student to leave the classroom, CNN affiliate WIS reported. When the student refused, Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Field was called in,
It’s not clear what happened immediately before the cell phone video starts recording. But when it does, the school resource officer is heard telling the student to get up from her desk.
“You’re either going to come with me, or I’m going to make you,” he says.
The student doesn’t budge. Fields tells her, “Come on, I’m going to get you up,” and tries to pull her from the desk.
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