Video of Ben Fields, a Richland County, South Carolina, sheriff’s deputy who manhandled a black female student in a classroom, has added to simmering racial tensions among parents, according to a report in the Guardian, which added that the sheriff’s department has placed Fields on administrative leave while the incident is investigated.
The video lasts only a few seconds but reflects the tension that has built in Richland County School District Two in recent years as rapid demographic trends made the once predominantly white district into one with a majority of black students, the Guardian reported.
“I’ve never seen anything so nasty looking, so sick to the point that you know, other students are turning away, don’t know what to do, and are just scared for their lives,” said Tony Robinson Jr., another student who made a recording, in a related Washington Post article. “That’s supposed to be somebody that’s going to protect us. Not somebody that we need to be scared of, or afraid."