- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 29, 2015

Musician and conservative commentator Ted Nugent penned an op-ed Wednesday praising the South Carolina school officer who was fired this week for slamming a female student to the ground, saying the “brat had it coming.”

Mr. Nugent wrote that former Senior Deputy Ben Fields yanked the “defiant brat” out of her classroom desk at Spring Valley High School in Columbia and “dragged her kicking and squealing like the disobedient punk she is.”

“I am proud to stand with the many millions of Americans who know damn well she had it coming, and clearly long overdue at that,” the father of eight wrote.

“In every case I know of where cops have been wrongfully accused of using unnecessary force, the so-called victim has disobeyed simple commands, and therefore asked for the resulting use of necessary force to bring the situation under control,” Mr. Nugent continued. “But if you have been allowed to disrespect and ignore authority your entire, pathetic, unruly, undisciplined life, you have been tragically trained to be a troublemaker, and at some point you will hit a dead-end brick wall, and you will deserve it.”

Mr. Nugent went on to say citizens should obey police “and everything will go smoothly.”

“Obey and you won’t get beat,” he argued. “Obey and you won’t get shot.”

“Act like an animal and you will end up being treated like an animal,” he added.

Mr. Nugent’s comments echo similar sentiments expressed by conservatives on social media. Bristol Palin, the 25-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, wrote a blog post Wednesday also in support of the fired officer.

“I can’t believe this, when are we going to look at what KIDS are doing wrong? Instead of instantly blaming police and higher authority?” the soon-to-be mother of two asked.

“I know my son would leave a classroom if he was told to, so why didn’t this student? Do parents teach their kids now to question authority? That they must be the victim?” Ms. Palin wrote. “I don’t know the full situation — none of us do, but this just makes me sick. When will parents take full responsibility for their kids, teach them not to act like punks, and listen to AUTHORITY — no matter what their race is.”

Video of the scuffle at Spring Valley High School has gone viral, evoking allegations of police brutality and excessive force. The fired officer’s attorney, Scott Hayes, said Mr. Fields‘ actions were justified. 

“We believe that Mr. Fields‘ actions were justified and lawful throughout the circumstances of which he was confronted during this incident,” Mr. Hayes said in a statement. “To that extent we believe that Mr. Fields‘ actions were carried out professionally and that he was performing his job duties within the legal threshold.”

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