South Carolina and Disciplinary Actions in Schools

It is a news story that hit the papers back in October; however, it is now resurfacing as the trial begins. The new story involves a white police officer, throwing a young, black teenager to the ground after she refused to follow his orders. According to the New York Times (2016), “a white sheriff’s deputy in a South Carolina high school drags a black girl from her desk, slams her to the floor and then handcuffs her. The girl’s crime? She had refused a teacher’s order to put away her cell phone, then refused an order to leave the classroom.” This incident has popped up numerous times because some believe the way the officer behaved was out of character for the circumstances.

However, the New York Times was really trying to tell the story of South Carolina law on disrupting school faces legal challenge, and they were just using the above example as a reference. In South Carolina students through ages, sixteen are charged under juvenile laws, and those who are seventeen or older are charged as adults. Police officers in South Carolina are able to enter school grounds during school hours and obtain an individual for questioning or arrest them if they have broken the law. Individuals on the school board are fighting this, they believe school time should not be disrupted on such grounds, and matters should be handled outside of school. Also, the school board believes that if there is a matter that happens inside of school grounds it should be handled by school officials, and outside law enforcement should not be called in.

According to the New York Times (2016), “Ms. McLeod is now running for the State Senate for the district that includes Spring Valley High School.” Ms.McLeod plans to overturn the law that states that law enforcement may enter school grounds, during school hours to deal with disciplinary actions inside the school. The proposed changed would go in front of the General Assembly next year if Ms. McLeod becomes State Senate for the district.