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South Carolina deputy fired after confrontation with student

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Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says he spoke with the officer that he fired for throwing a student across a classroom during an arrest and that the deputy is sorry the whole situation occurred Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says he spoke with the officer that he fired for throwing a student across a classroom during an arrest and that the deputy is sorry the whole situation occurred
COLUMBIA, S.C. -

After student-shot cell phone video emerged showing a Richland County Deputy body-slamming and tossing a high school student across the classroom, Sheriff Leon Lott says he has fired the Deputy. 

Lott says the maneuver that Deputy Ben Fields used on the girl is not "based on training or acceptable procedure." Lott also said the girl was uninjured after the incident, aside from a rug burn. However, the girl's attorney told ABC's "Good Morning American" that she has "a cast on her arm, she has neck and back injuries." He says she also has a bandage on her head because of the rug burn. 

Sheriff Lott was asked at a news conference Wednesday whether Deputy Fields expressed remorse for his actions and Lott said "I don't know if the word is remorse." Lott went on to say it was not Fields' intent to do anything to discredit the Sheriff's Department. 

Deputy Fields has not responded to messages seeking comment, though Sheriff Lott said that Fields is sorry the whole situation occurred. 

Students and staff say the teacher requested Fields to remove the girl from his classroom after she was being disruptive and disrespectful. When she refused to leave, video shows Deputy Fields physically removing her from the desk in a violent manner and restraining her. 

In response to questions about the girl possibly becoming physical with the deputy, the girl's lawyer said his client may have struck Fields as she reacted to being grabbed by the neck. 

A criminal investigation is underway, but the probe generally takes more time.

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