Students at a school in South Carolina protested the recent firing of a school resource officer by walking out of classes for 10 minutes Oct. 30, according to reports.
Officer Ben Fields was recently been videotaped roughly removing a 16-year-old student from class, and had been fired by Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott following the incident.
Spring Valley High School’s principal, Jeff Temoney, said an estimated 100 students gathered in the school atrium at around 10 a.m. Friday, in support of Fields.
“I reminded them that Spring Valley High is all about the business of teaching and learning, so it’s time to go back to class,” Temoney stated in a letter to parents. “Students returned to class in an orderly fashion. Students were back in class in less than 10 minutes.”
Some students reportedly said they had been protesting because they liked the officer, and felt he was unfairly accused.
According to Lott, he fired Fields for yanking the student out of her desk, and slamming her to the floor, after students at the school videotaped the incident.
However, Lott said the student initially had refused orders from both a teacher and an administrator to leave the classroom, prior to the incident’s occurrence.
The student was released to her parents after the incident, and faces a charge of disturbing schools.