Student who filmed classroom incident sues district, sheriff

In this Monday, Oct, 26, 2015 photo made from video taken by a Spring Valley High School student, Senior Deputy Ben Fields tries to forcibly remove a student who refused to leave her high school math class, in Columbia S.C. The Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation Tuesday after Fields flipped the student backward in her desk and tossed her across the floor. (AP Photo)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina high school student charged after filming a deputy tossing another student across a classroom is suing the school district and the sheriff’s department.

Attorneys for Niya Kenny filed the lawsuit Tuesday accusing the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Richland Two School District of false arrest, defamation and negligent supervision.

Kenny was charged with disturbing schools after she tried to intervene in the October 2015 incident. The student tossed from her chair by Deputy Ben Fields also was charged with disturbing schools.

Charges against both were dropped, and Fields was fired. State and federal prosecutors have declined to prosecute Fields.

Kenny’s lawsuit says she was arrested after she “protested the assault” of the other student and was wrongly expelled.