Student suing SC school district, sheriff's department after school incident

Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C. (WACH)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) – A Spring Valley High School student who was initially accused of disturbing schools is suing Richland School District Two and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Officials say Niya Kenny encouraged students to film an incident that showed a former deputy and school resource officer tossing a student from her desk in a Spring Valley classroom.

Kenny and her lawyer filed the lawsuit late Tuesday afternoon for false arrest, defamation and negligent supervision.

According to a report from the Richland County Courthouse, the incident happened in October 2015.

Kenny was initially charged with disturbing schools after she tried to intervene in the incident, but the charges were eventually dropped.

Kenny’s attorney is expected to speak at a press conference Wednesday to discuss the lawsuit.

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