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Sheriff Fires School Officer After South Carolina Class Arrest

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina sheriff says he has fired a school officer after video showed him flipping a teen backward out of her desk and tossing her across a classroom.
 
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Wednesday that Senior Deputy Ben Fields has been fired. He had been a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School.
 
Lott says the maneuver that Fields used on the student was not based on training or acceptable procedure.
 
Lott has said the girl was uninjured aside from a rug burn. However, the girl's attorney, Todd Rutherford, said that she "has a cast on her arm, she has neck and back injuries." He says she also has a bandage on her forehead because of the rug burn.

Lott says he spoke with the officer that he fired for throwing a student across a classroom during an arrest and that the deputy is sorry the whole situation occurred.
 
Lott was asked Wednesday at a news conference whether Senior Deputy Ben Fields expressed remorse for his actions and Lott said "I don't know if the word is remorse." He went on to say it was not Fields' intent to do anything to discredit the sheriff's department.
 
Fields has not returned messages for comment.

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