Update, Oct. 30, 2015, 9:28 a.m.: In an interview on Joe Madison’s Sirius radio show, the South Carolina teen’s lawyer told the radio host that the girl’s biological mother and grandmother are still alive. The lawyer refused to comment on whether she was in foster care.
"I can tell you that her mother and her grandmother are not dead and that I met with her at 5:30 in the morning with the mother and the child,” Rutherford said.
Previous, Oct. 29, 10:29 a.m.:
A Black teenaged girl who was violently grabbed and assaulted by Deputy Ben Fields at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina was recently orphaned, the New York Daily News confirmed. Her lawyer, Todd Rutherford, said that the emotional trauma she is experiencing since her mother's death has escalated since the incident. Her foster mother is doing all she can to keep the girl stable.
There are two kinds of people in this world. There are those who can look at the disturbing video of the student being humiliated and injured by former Sheriff Ben Fields and understand that under no circumstance could this violent behavior be justified.
Then there are others like Don Lemon, who needed more facts before condemning the police officer's actions, or Sheriff Leon Lott, who continues to push the narrative that the victim should be "held accountable" for what happened to her.
But as we now know, this wasn't a child who was just "acting up" in class. Losing a parent isn't easy and there is no indication that the teacher nor "Officer Slam" attempted to find out what was going on before trying to remove her and eventually assault her. Fields was fired from his job, but the girl still faces criminal charges for her behavior and will face emotional difficulty for years to come.
This incident is only one of many outrageous suspensions, arrests and expulsions of brown and Black youth in America's education system. If these students aren't protected in school, whether excelling academically or even in their moments of trouble, then where are they safe?
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