Cop Fired For Dragging Girl In S.C. High School: Video Sickens Sheriff

  • by: Alan Duke

The South Carolina school cop caught on video slamming and dragging a high school student across a class room floor has been fired. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Deputy Ben Fields violated department rules.

Videos of the incident caused a viral outrage and a debate over how school police should handle disruptive students.

"We must not lose sight that this whole incident started by this student," Sheriff Lott said as he announced Fields' firing. "She is responsible for initiating this action. Some responsibility falls on her."

He noted that the teen attacked the officer first. "When the officer puts his hands on her initially, she reaches up and she pops the officer with her fist," he said.

Sheriff Lott told reporters he "wanted to throw up" as he watched the videos, which were recorded by other students on their smart phones.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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