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FBI report on Spring Valley causes new court date for girl charged

Second student arrested at Spring Valley High School speaks out

Spring Valley student Niya Kenny talks about her arrest Monday.
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Spring Valley student Niya Kenny talks about her arrest Monday.

The court date for one of the students charged with disturbing schools at Spring Valley High School has been rescheduled.

Niya Kenny is set to appear in the Pontiac Magistrate’s Office on September 15, court officials said. Kenny’s attorney – state Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Richland – said Tuesday that FBI investigators recently completed their report on the incident, and that everyone involved needs time to review that report.

“The log for the report is 400-something pages long,” Rutherford said.

That’s just the log. The report itself is thousands of pages, he said.

“We look forward to looking through it and seeing what’s in it,” Rutherford said.

Kenny previously was set to go to court Wednesday. The incident in which she was charged happened October 26.

Ben Fields, a former Richland County deputy, was shown on a student-filmed video yanking a girl from her seat and slinging her across the classroom. Sheriff Leon Lott asked the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate.

Reached Tuesday afternoon, Fields’ attorney, Scott Hayes, said, “I haven’t yet seen a copy of the FBI report in this case and would reserve further comment until having done so.”

At the request of Richland School District 2, the State Law Enforcement Division also launched an investigation. That investigation is open until the prosecutors bring charges or decline to do so, SLED spokesman Thom Berry said Tuesday.

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