Officials: Student tossed from desk can return to school

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina school officials say a student flipped out of her desk and tossed across the classroom floor by a school resource officer and a second student who recorded the incident have been allowed to return to school.

In addition, spokeswoman Libby Roof of Richland School District 2 says a substitute is teaching the class at Spring Valley High School in Columbia and the administrator who called the officer into the classroom is on paid leave.

Authorities have said the 16-year-old was being disruptive in class Monday and wouldn't go to the office after she was caught using her phone in class.

Richland County Deputy Ben Fields was fired, and the U.S. Department of Justice has launched a civil rights investigation.

The two students face misdemeanor charges of disturbing schools.