Students rally behind officer who flipped student from desk

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South Carolina Deputy Ben Fields Fired After Takedown of Student

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of South Carolina high school students has staged a brief, peaceful walkout in support of a sheriff's deputy who was fired after being recorded on video flipping a disruptive student out of her desk and tossing her across the classroom floor.

Local news media outlets quote Spring Valley High School Principal Jeff Temoney as saying that approximately 100 students gathered in the school's atrium Friday to back former Richland County deputy Ben Fields.

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Videos and pictures of the walkout appeared on social media, some showing students wearing T-shirts that said "#bringbackfields" and "#bringfieldsback."

Temoney addressed the students, who he said returned to class about 10 minutes after their protest began.

Fields was fired and banned from school district properties. Federal and state investigations into his actions are underway.
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Students rally behind officer who flipped student from desk

In this Monday, Oct, 26, 2015 photo made from video taken by a Spring Valley High School student, Senior Deputy Ben Fields tries to forcibly remove a student who refused to leave her high school math class, in Columbia S.C. The Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation Tuesday after Fields flipped the student backward in her desk and tossed her across the floor. (AP Photo)

 

This undated photo provided by the Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff's Department shows school resource officer Senior Deputy Ben Fields, in Columbia, S.C. The Justice Department opened a civil rights probe Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, into the arrest of a student who refused to leave her high school math class, after Fields was recorded flipping the girl backward in her desk and tossing her across the classroom floor. (Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff's Department via AP)
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