Last night I read an article about some of the students from Spring Valley High School in South Carolina protesting and staging a walk out to get school resource officer Ben Fields his job back. For those of you who haven't turned your TV, radio, computer, or smart phone on in the past couple of days, Bens Fields is the "man" seen in the infamous viral video knocking a teenage girl on the floor and then dragging her across the floor because she refused to follow his orders. Seems pretty cut and dry to me, another overzealous white officer with a history of violence uses unnecessary force against an African-American child and gets punished for it. Sound simple, seems simple as far as I'm concerned. So then, why do these children want "Officer Slam" back. Oh, I forgot to mention that "officer slam" is Fields nickname. For good reason I assume.
Do these children know something that we don't? Are they ignorant? Or was there more to the story than what was seen on tape. To be perfectly honest I really don't care. I'm convinced that a white girl would have never been treated that way, and even if she was it would still be absolutely wrong. But I also believe that if she were a white teenage girl there would be little if any discussion at all in reference to her provoking Field's reaction. With that being said, although my opinion has not changed, as I was writing this, I saw some disturbing footage that could quite possibly provoke a violent reaction. Footage that prows that if children are not disciplined they become little monsters who reek havoc in the classroom.