Update: 5:55 PM EST
A shocking video has emerged online of what appears to be a police officer abusing a young girl in a South Carolina classroom. It apparently took place at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.
“We are aware of an incident that occurred today at Spring Valley High School,” the local school district said in a statement obtained by WLTX. “Video of it has been posted on social media. The incident is under investigation. We are working closely with the sheriff’s department.”
According to WLTX, the police officer in the video is a school resource officer who is stationed at the school.
A second video showing a different angle has been released by another local TV station.
Richland County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Curtis Wilson told The State that he was still trying to get a handle on the situation.
“I need to find out the details,” Wilson told the paper.
Stay with Rise News as we follow this developing story.
The full video of the Spring Valley High School Police Officer brutally assaulting a peaceful student. pic.twitter.com/oHIS8GrtSS
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The record of long-lasting love is a bit of a heart breaker for America’s darling of reality romance shows, The Bachelor.
If finding love on camera seems close to impossible maybe that’s because it is. Competitive reality TV dating is hard.
Just ask the 20 bachelors who’ve vied for the attention of swooning women since the show’s inception in March 2002.
In 20 seasons of The Bachelor, 12 men have popped the question on air, which is a solid 60% of couples who came out of the show engaged.
However, relationships start to fall apart when the cameras disappear: Only two of the 20 couples are still together, one of whom is married.
Season 17 winners Sean Lowe and Catherine Guidici got married in 2014 and recently celebrated the birth of their first child. Success!
Season 20 winners Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell are currently enjoying their engagement.
Hopefully, their new reality spin-off show will still send them happily down the aisle and not running for the hills.
It still seems like yesterday the young Missouri banker Aaron Buerge got down on one knee and proposed to adorable school psychologist Helene Eksterowicz in 2002.
The proposal was the first for the show as the winners in the inaugural season did not become engaged.
Long before DVR, social media, iPhones and Kardashian takeover, and way before ABC offered virtual reality (VR) experiences online, The Bachelor was starting to form a match-making empire that quickly evolved into the creation of The Bachelorette in January 2003. (The Bachelorette took a three-year hiatus between 2005-2008.) Then along came the trashier if not entertaining spin-offs, aka Bachelor in Paradise and Bachelor Pad.
The Bachelorette has also yielded a much better success rate than Bachelor in terms of the couple staying together after the show ended.
In 12 seasons, five couples are still together – a 42% commitment rate.
The very first season brought us sweethearts Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, who’ve been married almost 13 years. They are the king & queen of reality television romance.
Here are the others.
Season 7 winners Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum are married and expecting their second child.
Season 9’s Desiree Hartsock and husband Chris Siegfried are having a baby this fall.
The most recent couples are Season 11’s Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth and Season 12’s JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers.
We’ll see if those two couples go the distance to the altar.
As in real life, not just TV, relationships, dating, love and marriage don’t always work out.
If dreams are dashed along the way because someone is looking for 15 minutes of fame and not love, the success rate is probably even lower.
Add a mix of personality types that only reality TV attracts and a bunch of booze that’s readily available, and you start to see some mental health issues that TV is famous for.
But all that is just a buzzkill.
Here’s to the success of the next Bachelor Nick Viall!
May he find “the one.”
After countless tries, he deserves happily-ever happiness.
We all do.
Here’s the complete list of Bachelor and Bachelorette winner history and their record of keeping it all together after the end of the show:
THE BACHELOR Couples:
Alex Michel and Amanda Marsh- Not Together
Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz- Not Together
Andrew Firestone and Jen Schefft- Not Together
Bob Guiney and Estella Gardinier- Not Together
Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin- Not Together
Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado- Not Together
Charlie O’Connell and Sarah Brice- Not Together
Travis Lane Stork and Sarah Stone- Not Together
Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson- Not Together
Andrew Baldwin and Tessa Horst- Not Together
Brad Womack and no one (sad trombone)
Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas- Not Together
Jason Mesnick and Melissa Rycroft- Not Together
Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi- Not Together
Brad Womack and Emily Maynard- Not Together
Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson- Not Together
Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici – STILL TOGETHER
Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell
Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff
Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell -STILL TOGETHER
Nick Viall and TBD
THE BACHELORETTE Couples:
Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter- STILL TOGETHER
Meredith Phillips and Ian Mckee- Not Together
Jen Schefft and Jerry Ferris- Not Together
DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak- Not Together
Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski- Not Together
Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez- Not Together
Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum- STILL TOGETHER
Emily Maynard and Jef Holm- Not Together
Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried- STILL TOGETHER
Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray- Not Together
Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth- STILL TOGETHER
JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers- STILL TOGETHER
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Another weekend in Ireland calls for another day trip!
My roommates and I decided to make the journey to Northern Ireland to see Belfast City, Giant’s Causeway, and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge as a quick getaway from Dublin.
Not leaving the island, but being in a different country was another thing I could check off my bucket list after our excursion to the United Kingdom.
We left Dublin with our Paddywagon tour and headed North!
The luck of the Irish was with us again as we got nearly perfect weather for a day, according to Northern Ireland standards.
Everything’s just better when the weather cooperates.
Our first stop was particularly exciting for me, as a huge Game of Thrones fan.
We got to see THE Dark Hedges on the King’s Road.
This iconic destination was beautiful regardless if you watch the show or not, but definitely a bonus for those of us with an obsession.
Back on the bus we continued on to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
The bridge connects the mainland to Carrick Island.
It was originally built by fishermen so they could cast nets over the wide chasm; however, now it is purely a tourist attraction for the brave.
We watched as people crossed before us and the 100 feet drop didn’t seem to daunting.
The second I stepped on that bridge the 100 feet felt like 1000.
Once I got over initial fear of the height I was able to fully enjoy the views and they were spectacular.
Watering crashing below, cliffs on either side, and only wood and a few ropes under my feet is something I’ve never experienced.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a definite must-see of Northern Ireland.
The main attraction of our tour was Giant’s Causeway.
This place truly blew my mind.
There are over 40,000 basalt columns formed through volcanic burning and cooling.
The formations are reportedly 60 million years old and even have the legend of Finn McCool to try to explain the fanaticism of the site.
We hopped from rock to rock with the ocean in front of us and the mountains behind us.
It was a picturesque scene everywhere we looked.
This seems to be a common theme of my travels.
After two hours of climbing, sitting, and taking in the views we had to say goodbye to Giant’s Causeway.
Honestly still confused how volcanic rock can form into hexagons and be stacked so perfectly together.
We ended the day by getting a little time to explore Belfast City.
Steeped in history, we were overwhelmed by the city’s tumultuous past.
The effects of the Troubles are still seen today with conflict between the Protestants and Catholics of the city.
Regardless of the dangerous past of Belfast, the city center offered us a glimpse into the urban side of Northern Ireland.
It was a great ending to a great day. When you’re on an island as beautiful as I am, there’s no reason not to explore as much as possible.
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In the cutthroat world of book retailers, there are many brands that compete with each other to win consumers over.
Outlets like Barnes & Noble offer deals and memberships in order to incentivize book enthusiasts to sign up and buy their products.
Books & Books is among them, but with its mission of providing avid readers top quality books and creating a community of readers.
It began as a dream that flourished into a reality.
“It started in 1982, I started it, I had been teaching [in high school for a few years] and I had always wanted to be in the book business,” Mitchell Kaplan, owner and founder of Books and Books said in an interview with RISE NEWS. “It had started in Coral Gables, in a small space in about 500 square feet, and that’s how it came about.”
In this era of Amazon dominance, Books & Books has carved out a unique model in order to grow.
It offers memberships that ensure discounts on all purchases and a community feel at the various locations.
Its mission is to attract the most loyal readers in the book community.
“I think from the beginning, we decided that really what we were all about was to provide a community gathering place,” Kaplan said when discussing Books & Books’ mission of creating a community for readers to join. “I don’t think it so much differentiates us [from other booksellers like it did years ago], but it did then. And we also decided to have lots of book events, so we have a lot of authors coming in right from the beginning when we opened the bookshop.”
Holding book events is one way that Books & Books tries to keep its customer base from diminishing.
It is also a co-founder of the Miami Book Fair and is heavily involved with it.
Another advantage is Books & Books’ multitude of locations across South Florida, saving it from being limited to only Coral Gables.
“And the other thing that differentiates us a little bit is that we have more than one location,” explained Kaplan. “We now have now six or seven different locations in South Florida and abroad. And the other thing is that each one of our stores is very distinct and unusual from one another.”
Staff dedicated to providing top quality service to shoppers also maintains each Books & Books location.
Although every Books & Books store is unique in structure, they all share the same services nonetheless, such as a café at every store.
This helps if customers wish to sit down and have a nice meal.
But while Books & Books is on a steady roll with its success, one can only wonder on how it is able to be successful in the book market with different competitors trying to win customers over.
One such competitor would be Amazon, which has recently started opening bookstores in certain locations around the US.
Each store sells books while also providing Amazon-related products on display as well.
However, Kaplan does not believe believe that his business is doomed.
“Well, Amazon has been operating now for over 20 years and of course [they’ve been very successful],” Kaplan said. “So I don’t think it’s going to have that much of a greater effect.”
Books & Books is not even slightly worried about the creation of Amazon brick and mortar stores.
“We’ve already been affected by Amazon, so the decision to open bookstores probably won’t make that much of a difference,” said Kaplan.
Books & Books is the ideal place for those looking to find the next big book to read while also being with a community full of ardent readers.
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