Student Who Filmed Cop Assault Speaks Out
A Spring Valley High School student who was arrested following an altercation that led to video showing a South Carolina officer dragging a female student out of class is speaking out.
Niya Kenny, 18, says she was taken into custody for standing up for her classmate who was being arrested by Student Resource Officer Ben Fields.
“I was crying, screaming and crying like a baby,” Kenny said during an interview with WLTX. “I was in disbelief.”
Kenny says her classmate was asked to leave the room by a teacher for not participating. When she refused, the teacher called an administrator in who also asked her to leave. She refused again, and Officer Fields was called in. He also asked her to leave the classroom.
“I had never seen nothing like that in my life, a man use that much force on a little girl,” Kenny said. “A big man, like 300 pounds of full muscle. I was like ‘no way, no way.’ You can’t do nothing like that to a little girl. I’m talking about she’s like 5’6″.”
Kenny filmed part of the altercation on her phone. The six-second clip shows Fields dragging the student out of a chair and forcing her to the ground.
“I was screaming ‘What the f, what the f is this really happening?’ I was praying out loud for the girl,” says Kenny. “I just couldn’t believe this was happening I was just crying and he said, since you have so much to say you are coming too. I just put my hands behind my back.”
Kenny was charged with disturbing schools. Her mother, Doris Kenny, is baffled by the whole ordeal.
“But looking at the video, who was really disturbing schools? Was it my daughter or the officer who came in to the classroom and did that to the young girl?”
Fields is currently on leave pending an investigation. Check back for updates.