After Live 5 investigation, meeting called at CCSD middle school

After Live 5 investigation, meeting called at CCSD middle school
A former School of the Arts teacher who was put on administrative leave in September is now an English teacher at Deer Park Elementary School. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County School District Executive Director of Middle Schools has called a meeting for Tuesday afternoon at Deer Park Middle School following a Live 5 investigation into a Charleston County teacher who was put back in the classroom after the district investigated him.

Former School of the Arts teacher Stephan Whaley was put on administrative leave in September as part of an investigation. The district said Whaley was moved back to active status last week and started a position as an English teacher at Deer Park Middle School.

Whaley’s personnel file shows that he was placed on leave one day after a parent emailed School of the Arts administrators and claimed their child described bizarre behavior from Whaley in the classroom.

The parent said in the email they also looked up Whaley online, and that’s when they said they saw a social media presence that included profane language toward women and that he said in a video ‘white people are to blame for everything,’ his statement that he’s just ‘collecting on his ancestors back pay,’ and his other comments about women and transgenders are highly (offensive).

In a letter sent to teachers Monday morning, Charleston County Executive Director of Middle Schools Dr. Joe Williams wrote in part, “I understand many of you have some concerns about the recent transfer to your school, which is now being sensationalized on many media platforms. I want to apologize for not meeting with you as a school family to brief you all beforehand, sharing whatever information I could for you to be prepared for what has now presented itself.”

The email sent to Deer Park Middle School parents.
The email sent to Deer Park Middle School parents.

According to the Charleston County School District social media policy, they could have deemed Whaley’s social media presence as inappropriate and fired him, but it leaves that as an option and not a requirement.

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