According to CNN, a video shows a South Carolina school resource officer standing over a student, seated at her desk. He puts his arm near her neck, then yanks her backward. The desk tips over and the student crashes onto the floor.
The uniformed officer doesn’t let go, sharply tugging the student toward the front of the classroom. She flies out of her desk and slides several feet across the floor.
The FBI and local U.S. Attorney’s Office have opened a civil rights investigation to determine if federal laws were violated during the student’s arrest, a Justice Department spokesperson said.
For now, Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields is on administrative duties and won’t return to Spring Valley High. And his boss, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, is determined to get to the bottom of what happened.