Video: Parents for BOTH sides of desk-flipping student takedown heard at public meeting

Residents of Richland county caught a break Tuesday night.

Richland School District Two didn’t cancel its regularly scheduled meeting after finding itself in the nation’s hotseat for an incident earlier in the week involving a school security officer and a belligerent teen. Parents were allowed to sound off.

The video of a Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy taking down a student at a Spring Valley High School has been causing controversy across the nation, and citizens were given a chance to let their opinions be heard at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Almost every other item on the agenda was tabled as board members gave the general public an opportunity to sound off, with some residents criticizing Deputy Ben Fields, and others laying responsibility on the student who had refused Fields’ orders.

“This is not a race issue. This is an ‘I want to be defiant and not do what I’m told,’” said Rebekah Woodford when it was her turn to speak.

“What happened in this situation we had was very excessive. Let’s put it that way…but I want everybody to understand this is how I feel that there is accountablility on both parts,” resident Danieka Bryan told News 19.

Other citizens who were given a chance to speak were less understanding of Fields.

“See you guys are responsible for these people. You need to fire this guy,” parent Craig Conwell said.

After the public was allowed to say their peace, the board took up debating the issue before moving on with other business.


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157 thoughts on “Video: Parents for BOTH sides of desk-flipping student takedown heard at public meeting

  1. Millie Tyler says:

    If there’s a next time school officials should, instead of physically trying to remove the offending student, try removing the other students to a study hall, leaving only the offender in the classroom with several school officials meanwhile calling the student’s parent/guardian to have them come to pick up the offending student. Tell the guardian what is happening and that the student will not be allowed back for a week or whatever they decide ahead of time. Simultaneously inform the offender as to what is happening, that their parent/guardian is on their way and that they will be reprimanded, whatever the school board decides. School officials should be prepared for situations like this. Trained for it even. My sister was a teacher for decades. She told me stories that made my hair curl. I remember begging her to NOT be a teacher. She was super smart, could have done/been anything and yet teaching was her passion.

  2. Niq Niq says:

    These racists… I don’t know why ya’ll even bother to debate stupidity. Your energy is wasted on these foolish people. They are always talking about nonsense. They never make any valid arguments with any support. They are always passing off their OPINION as fact. They won’t ever tell the truth about why the world is the way it is, always only spewing hate, lies, and propaganda. If it had been one of those heathen children of theirs, who was threatening, because of their “white” privilege, and the officer had been a black officer, these comments wouldn’t be posted anywhere. He could have even been a peaceful black officer, who put the desk with the child still in it, in the hallway, a child who could have actually struck him and cursed him. Then the excuse would have been, the child is depressed because of the loss of her mother, and she is new, in a strange environment. Hell, that would have been the excuse even if the child lived with her natural parents in an affluent community. Racists never surprise me. They never support what is right, only support further racism, prejudice, and discrimination! I expect them to be just who and what they are. Unimportant, irrelevant, ignorant, self-conscious, envious, and uninteresting. Surprise the world one day and upgrade your thoughts and belief system. You are not even that funny! A waste of a life! Please… and thank you!


    A black woman in america

    1. Paul Smith says:

      So. . .what’s your point?

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