Ben FieldsThis story just keeps getting sadder!  The sixteen-year-old student attacked at Spring Valley High in Columbia, South Carolina had been recently placed in foster care. The police officer, Ben Fields has been terminated but that won’t be enough as the young lady suffered injuries to her face, neck, and arm. 

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor —
Bare.
— Langston Hughes excerpt from “Mother to Son”

Life, for many of us, is hard.

Life for a 16-year-old black girl in the New South living in a foster home is no crystal stair.

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In an interview with the Daily News, Todd Rutherford, the respected Columbia, S.C., attorney representing the assault victim of the recently terminated Deputy Ben Fields, revealed that his client, in addition to suffering injuries on her face, neck, and arm, is a recent orphan living in foster care.

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. She communicated to us that the young victim is devastated and emotionally traumatized by all that has happened to her.

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School, as you can imagine, could be particularly tough for a young girl who has experienced so much pain and loss in her young life. To think that she has now suffered police brutality and is facing trumped up criminal charges for age-appropriate classroom behavior is just despicable.

Some trauma cannot be undone. The early loss of a parent and the experience of police brutality are both examples of such trauma.

Our kids, who already face enormous pressure in life, should never be subjected to state-sponsored violence while in school. For this young girl, Spring Valley High School should’ve been a refuge.

Instead, it was something far worse.

Our prayers are with this young lady.

Source: Daily Mail

Tags: Student Attacked in South Carolina, Assault At Spring Valley High