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Police brutality just doesn’t occur in the city streets with adults. Classrooms within the country’s high schools are also primary hot spots for officers to physically impose their will.

A viral video out of Richland County, South Carolina’s Spring Valley High School was posted today onto social media depicting the school’s resource officer slamming a female student as she still sat in her chair before he grabbed her neck, only to drag her across the floor and proceed to handcuff her. The girl was reportedly disturbing the class and the officer apparently couldn’t wait to get his hands on her when she refused to leave her seat.

Sheriff Leon Lott confirmed the incident took place but made a bold proclamation when relaying his office’s version of the account that took place.

“The student was told she was under arrest for disturbing school and given instructions which she again refused,” Lott told WISTV 10. “The video then shows the student resisting and being arrested by the SRO.”

Was she resisting arrest or just failing to comply? Are those one in the same when it comes to arresting–and assaulting–a girl about a quarter of the officer’s size?

Parents of Spring Valley High School students were nonetheless perturbed by the footage and a group called the “Richland Two Black Parents Association” slammed the video in a statement.

“Parents are heartbroken as this is just another example of the intolerance that continues to be of issue in Richland School District Two particularly with families and children of color,” the group said. “As we have stated in the past, we stand ready to work in collaboration to address these horrible acts of violence and inequities among our children.”

Spring Valley High School officials also acknowledged the incident and said the incident is under investigation.

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