Thursday October 29, 2015
Cops in schools contribute to school-to-prison pipeline, say critics
It's not the kind of scene you expect to see a classroom. But there it is. The violent arrest of a female, African American student in a South Carolina high school. The white, male police officer nearly throwing her across the room.
We haven't heard from the student in question. In fact, we don't know her name... just that she's 16-years-old.
But we have heard from her classmate, Niya Kenny, who captured it all on video.
After taking the video, and speaking out Niya Kenny was also arrested by the same officer, known as a School Resources Officer. Both girls were charged with -- quote "disturbing schools."
Niya Kenny was released Tuesday, on a $1000 bond.
Ben Fields, the sheriff's deputy and "school resource officer" who made the arrests, has been fired.
Both the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice have launched investigations into what happened.
But the entire incident leaves some big questions... about the role of police officers inside schools.
Mo Canady is the Executive Director of the U.S. National Association of School Resource Officers. He joined us from Hoover, Alabama.
This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar, Erin Pettit and Ines Colabrese.