Last night while watching the news I witnessed, in my opinion, was a crime being committed on a juvenile child.
The image above is that of a 16 year old student from the Spring Valley High School in South Carolina. She was on her cell phone and when asked to put it away, she refused. When asked to leave the class, she wouldn’t and then Richland County Senior Deputy Ben Fields was called to the classroom. He asked her again to comply, she wouldn’t. What happened next resulted in the girl literally being flipped in the chair, slammed to the ground and pulled out of the classroom.
My reaction was typical of everyone who saw this on national television last night and there is no excuse. He could have killed that child. No matter how stubborn she was; her age should have been the cue–uh, duh! She’s a TEENAGER. They act like that. He’s out. From the way the superintendent of that district sounded, that dude is gonna be looking for a new job before Halloween.
No matter what the provocation was by the student; that was EXCESSIVE AND VIOLENT FORCE. An uncooperative child with a cell phone is not the equivalent of a terrorist or criminal with a loaded gun. What if that had been a white girl and a black cop did the reverse? Hhhhmmmm…think about that. Just what the course of response would be by the majority?
We can’t keep being silent and still when these type of things happen right in our faces.
Those children were absolutely frightened. They didn’t move. Totally frozen, neutralized to even react with anger at what was happening. One student did intervene, yelling at the officer to stop, and was also arrested.
When are we going to get violent and take a stand against this assault on our community? Really, the looks on those kids faces reflected many in the African American community who watch things like this and DO NOTHING. We don’t have a right to protect our own bodies–and our children? What kind of message are we sending?
Cowardice should not be pitied. It is as insidious as any kind of abuse that goes unchecked.
Per usual, there are those in the community who said that she should have just complied. Don Lemon, again, is the band leader of this attitude.
The pool party shocked people this past summer in McKinney, Texas. This act is far worse.
I will not tolerate it.
The time is NOW for our community to stop acting weak and TAKE ACTION by any means necessary.
Our children will not be used as bait for racists to violate our community. Our children are not objects to be abused. They are gifts from God to be developed!
I value who I am and thus, I value those in my community as much. I will not be a tool to be used by the establishment to demonize the one true jewel we should treasure above everything else. It is just my opinion that God is making America and US face some ugly things within ourselves, our culture, and our nation, and challenging us to: FIX IT!
Will this be the flicker that is needed to start the FLAME OF REAL CHANGE in this country?
Update: Earlier today, MSNBC reported that the officer was fired.