CCSD Asst. Principal suffering from concussion after attacked by student

Charleston County News

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — An email sent out to all Charleston County School Board Members says the Assistant Principal of Liberty Hill Academy and another staff member were attacked by a student Wednesday.

According to the email obtained by News 2, the incident began when a fifth grade student tried to attack another student. That’s when the Assistant Principal intervened. 

“He then punched her in the face and head butted her,” the email said. It goes on to say that another staff member also tried to intervene and the same student bit her.

Both employees were seen by the nurse and were then taken the hospital. It says the Assistant Principal was, “incoherent and had memory loss.” 

School Board member Kevin Hollinshead said something like this should never happen to district employees. 

” My heart goes out to that individual that was hurt,” Hollinshead said. “No teacher or individual that’s an employee of Charleston County Schools should be subject to that kind of involvement.” 

The Assistant Principal is now at home with a concussion and can not remember what took place at school Wednesday. A community activist who works closely with Liberty Hill Academy staff said the student involved in this incident has attacked several other employees in the past. 

“I know about five teachers who have been attacked by that same student,” Elvin Speights said. “Concussions, eye injuries, leg injuries and the district is well aware of it.” 

CCSD said they can not confirm this information at this time. Liberty Hill Academy is a K-8 alternative school. Speights said situations like these should not go unnoticed, especially at an alternative school. 

“It’s horrible,” Speights said. “These are mothers, grandmothers, these are wives and the district refuses to stand by these teachers.” 

Hollinshead believes the district should review their safety protocols. 

“We have to review safety practices that involve our employees and involve our students,” Hollinshead said. “We need to make sure that everyone is protected to the fullest of our abilities.”

Hollinshead said teachers should only intervene in fights if they have the proper training. He hopes the district will review their safety protocols to help prevent another attack from happening. 

The incident has been coded as aggravated assault and the student will be on a 45 day interim alternative educational setting while next steps are determined, according to the email. 

The Charleston County School District is investigating the incident that occurred Wednesday morning at Liberty Hill Academy.

In a statement to Count on 2, the district said: “School and district officials are investigating the incident in cooperation with law enforcement and will take appropriate action as needed according to District protocol.”

The incident remains under investigation. Count on us for the latest as it becomes available.

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