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Spring Valley High Update: Student is Orphan in Foster Care; Suffered Injuries



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The Huffington Post is reporting that the attorney for the 16-year-old female student at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina,  who was thrown across a classroom during an arrest, says the officer, Ben Fields, should be jailed for his actions.

On Wednesday, attorney Todd Rutherford said the girl went to the hospital Monday night and has a cast on her arm and has complained of neck, back and psychological injuries.

In an interview with the Daily News, Rutherford also said that the student is a recent orphan who lost her mother and is currently living in a foster home.

“While her identity, no doubt, will eventually be leaked to the media, it’s the goal of her foster mother to protect and care for her as well as she can considering the circumstances,” wrote Shaun King of the Daily News.

RELATED: Officer Ben Fields Fired from Police Dept. After Roughing Up Student

Meanwhile, the attorney for Officer Fields says his client’s actions were “justified and lawful.”

“We believe that Mr. Fields’ actions were justified and lawful throughout the circumstances of which he was confronted during this incident. To that extent we believe that Mr. Fields’ actions were carried out professionally and that he was performing his job duties within the legal threshold,” Fields’ attorney, Scott Hayes, said in a statement.

Authorities say the student was being disruptive in class and wouldn’t go to the office after she was caught using her phone in class. After Officer Fields was called to the classroom, the student still wouldn’t get up, and the deputy threw her backward in her desk and dragged her across the classroom.

Rutherford went on to say that if an officer had done that to an animal, he would be in jail. He also says Fields should not have been called to the classroom in the first place.



  1. I said it.

    October 29, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Losing your mom at 16 and younger could make you have an attitude. People need to be more empathetic instead of criticizing this young lady.

    Also, if my teenager had an attitude and I broke her arm in response, I’d be in jail and get a record.

    • Brigid

      October 31, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      HER MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER ARE ALIVE. SHE IS NOT AN ORPHAN. Her arm isn’t broken either. The students at the school–the girls at least–call him Officer Luscious, because they think he is hot. Over one hundred students, mostly black students, staged a walk-out on either Thursday or Friday in protest to support Ben Fields and demand he is reinstated, by the way. The mostly black football team loves him, the weight training students love him, and his last two girlfriends are black. He comes from a loving Christian family, who run a non-profit providing services for the homeless. We are integrated here in South Carolina, one of the least segregated places in America–Chicago is one of the most segregated. So she is NOT an orphan, and if Tod Rutherford (know him too), is giving her first name, then is it also possible she is 17-18? We’ll see. Nothing is EVER what it appears to be on first look. The teacher in the class and it looks from the video the administrator who was called whom she also refused to comply with is also black. That being said, police officers should not be maintaining order in a classroom. The teacher needs some major re-training for not being able to handle such a silly situation, a cell phone in class, she wasn’t having aloud conversation, she should have been written up and dealt with later out of respect for the other students in the class who are there to learn.

  2. ladyellle

    October 29, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    There are so many Caucasians that are JUSTIFYING this criminal behavior by the resource officer!

    If that were a BLACK man… and this was a White child… he would have been ARRESTED!

    The minds of teens are not totally developed. They do DUMB THINGS!

    I was once a DUMB TEEN that did DUMB things!

    My heart breaks for this child! She lost her mother…is dumbed into the foster care system… a lot going on in her world! 🙁

  3. Reds

    October 30, 2015 at 11:14 am

    What this incident really highlights, is the extreme corruption which is prevalent throughout the US criminal justice system. If you look at ALL the recorded incidents of police brutality, from Sandra Bland, the McKinney pool party, the Arizona state professor who was thrown to the ground, Kelli Wilson – the black woman who was filming the arrest of her husband in Jacksonville … the common thread, is the false police report that was intended to frame these suspects and would inevitably lead to their prosecution and conviction, had it not been for the release of these videos.

    But look closer at this incident. Despite all the serious injuries sustained by the student, I’ve yet to hear of any criminal charges brought against him. Has he been charged by the local prosecutor who was so quick to pile charges on the student and the classmate who objected? So all he has to worry about is a civil suit? And we know the Obama DOJ is only going through the motions of “investigating”, the same way they did for Trayvon, and still doing for Eric Garner after more than a year.

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Is Pres. Elect Biden Obama’s 3rd Term? & What 44 Said About Black America’s Progress Under His Watch on ‘Breakfast Club’ (VIDEO)




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*Attorney Antonio Moore discusses the recent Obama Breakfast Club interview during his Book tour.

Moore harshly critiques the interview of Pres. Obama performed by Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee.

He also looks closer at President Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks and measures them again Barack Obama & Bill Clinton’s prior administrations.

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The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)




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*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.

The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.

“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”

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Stacey Lee, director of the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”

The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.

“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”

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Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”

In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.

“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”

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Legendary rapper Bun B is a panelist at the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.

“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”

Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”

Register for the virtual Empower Me Tour on November 20 & 21, 2020 here. Spring tour dates will be announced soon. For general information on the United Negro College Fund, go here.

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New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’



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After all that’s happened this year, it’s time to say Goodbye 2020. New single available by Jazzy Rita Shelby at most digital platforms.

*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.

“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).

It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.

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Jazzy Rita Shelby is fed up with this year and elated about her new single “Goodbye 2020.” Avail now from SB Music (Written by L. Shelby & E. Miller)

EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.

Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars.  As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.

This year has been a year like no other.  “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead.  Radio Programmers click here for adds.

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“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA.  Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita.  The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture.  “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms.  Click here to listen on Spotify.


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