Judge nixes parts of lawsuit by deputy who tossed SC student

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge has dismissed portions of a federal lawsuit filed by a deputy who was fired after he was videotaped tossing a South Carolina high school student across a classroom when she refused to give him her cellphone.

U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis ruled last month that Ben Fields' claims against the Richland County Sheriff's Department and Richland Two School District should be dismissed.

Sheriff Leon Lott said he wanted to throw up after viewing the video of Fields throwing the Spring Valley High School student. The video was taken by another student and posted online in October 2015.

Prosecutors declined to bring charges against Fields, who sued both entities, along with Lott.

Fields says his reputation was ruined by Lott's comments. That portion of Fields' lawsuit continues.


Web Only

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented