Columbia school district adding student advisory group

This three image combo made from video taken by a Spring Valley High School student on Monday, Oct, 26, 2015, shows Senior Deputy Ben Fields trying to forcibly remove a student from her chair after she refused to leave her high school math class, in Columbia S.C. The school district is now forming a student advisory group.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The school district where a resource officer was removed after tossing a female student from her desk is setting up a student advisory council.

The State newspaper reported that Richland District Two Superintendent James Manning said he’s acting after the incident in which a sheriff’s deputy forcibly removed a student from her desk last fall after she refused to follow instructions from the officer and a teacher.

Manning said it’s important to hear from students as school board leaders consider policies. He says he would get student’s ideas on polices, practices and procedures, as well as activities and opportunities. Other topics of discussion could include budget priorities and school safety.

Deputy Ben Fields was fired and banned from school properties. The confrontation sparked state and federal investigations.