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Published on November 1st, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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100 Black Women appalled with the Spring Valley Incident

On behalf of the members of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia (SC) Chapter, I wish to express our indignation with the use of excessive force in the recent incident at Spring Valley High School. The conduct of School Resource Officer, Ben Fields is reprehensible and unacceptable. The behavior of the sixteen year old female student did not justify being body slammed, thrown and dragged across the floor. Trained staff is expected to have access to more civilized strategies for defusing challenging issues. Further, our expectation of the role of an SRO is one that provides protection, trust and safety for the students in whose care he has been entrusted. The lack of which promotes a climate of distrust between our youth and the law enforcement community.

This organization’s vision is that Black women and girls will live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist. We believe in gender equity, respect, social justice and accountability.

The mission of the 100 Black Women is to advocate on behalf of Black women and girls in the promotion of leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is a national organization that was founded in 1970 in New York City. There are currently more than 63 chapters nationwide. Its membership includes a diverse group of progressive women, many of whom are physicians, attorneys, educators, journalists, accountants, court judges, private entrepreneurs, university presidents and professors, elected officials, etc.

According to Mary Miller McClellan, Chapter President, the Columbia Chapter is proud of its service to the community as an advocacy group that gives a voice to the voiceless. In addition, the chapter will remain vigilant, vocal and visible as the events of this travesty unfold. We look forward to a full investigation of the incident with the expectation and anticipation that justice will be served.

Submitted by Monica Butler

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