Police have launched an investigation after footage is posted online appearing to show a police officer violently slamming a female student to the ground.

A South Carolina police officer has been put on administrative leave after video surfaced on social media in which he appears to throw a female student to the floor before dragging her across a classroom.

Richland County sheriff’s deputies and Spring Valley officials are investigating the incident which involved Deputy Ben Fields, the school’s resource officer, and a young female student.

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In the video Mr Fields appears to approach the girl and grab her arm while putting his other arm around the student’s neck.

Mr Fields then appears to slam the girl to the ground and drag her across the classroom, before placing her under arrest.

The School resource officer had been involved in the situation after the student was asked to leave the classroom for being “disruptive,” according to police.

The FBI has been asked to investigate an incident at a South Carolina high school Monday in which a police officer appeared to body slam a female student and drag her across a classroom.

The confrontation, captured on cellphone video at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, has drawn intense criticism on social media, from the school district’s Black Parents Association — the student is African-American — and the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina, which called the deputy’s actions “egregious.”

“There is no justification whatsoever for treating a child like this,” the ACLU said in a statement.

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