As if this story could get any worse, the South Carolina teenage girl who was seen being violently thrown around in her classroom by a police officer in a video earlier this week is reported to have recently lost her mother.
State Representative and attorney Todd Rutherford told the Daily News the girl is currently in foster care. While previous news reports stated she was not hurt during the incident with Deputy Ben Fields, he says she is suffering injuries on her face, neck and arm. “He weighs about 300 pounds,” Rutherford told WLTX. “She is a student who is 16 years old who now has a cast on her arm, a band-aid on her neck, and neck and back problems. There’s something wrong here.”
Rutherford is also representing another student, 18-year-old Niya Kenny, who was arrested for standing up for her classmate.”Niya was arrested for saying ‘Is anybody going to do anything about this? How wrong is this? What is going on here, why is nobody stopping this?’” said Rutherford. “It was disturbing to hear Niya say that when he entered the room she knew that something was going to happen because they call him ‘Officer Slam.’ And all the other kids took their cellphones out because they knew something was going to happen. That’s wrong on so many levels.”
Fields was suspended with pay after the incident and was subsequently fired on Wednesday.
Update, 10:45 p.m.: Shaun King of the Daily News has tweeted the assault victim is living with a foster family, but that her estranged mother is alive.
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