NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The senior who almost missed graduation from the School of the Arts after she used the "n word" in a tweet about a black classmate has filed a lawsuit against the Charleston County School District.
The lawsuit filed for Ashley Patrick argues the Charleston County School District violated her due process rights because it did not have the requisite number of votes by board members to appeal a decision by the District Four Constituent School Board.
The lawsuit quotes the Charleston County School District Code of Conduct in the argument, specifically this line, "To overturn an action of a Constituent Board under this extraordinary proceeding de novo hearing, a vote of six members of the County Board shall be required."
Only five board members were present during that May 8 proceeding, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit argues the Charleston County School District should remove the "Level Three Criminal" charge from her permanent secondary record and pay for her legal fees.
Patrick's attorney, Dwayne Green, also says the court should uphold the original ruling by the District Four Constituent Board, which would mean she no longer has to write a 500-word essay on racism and social media. Patrick was ordered last month to write and present the paper to the school board during a meeting later in June.
"The Patricks pursued this to ensure that the Charleston County School District follows its own disciplinary procedures, and so another family will not have to go through a similar ordeal in the future," Green said.
Charleston County School District spokesman Jason Sakran said the district had no comment on Monday.