CCSD Board defers changing interrogation policy

CCSD Board defers changing interrogation policy

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Monday night, the Charleston County School District deferred a vote on changing its interrogation policy.

The board was expected to vote on changing the policy handling interrogations, arrests and searches of students but it was pulled from the agenda at the beginning of the meeting without giving a reason.

The policy became an issue during the firing of Academic Magnet High School football coach Bud Walpole.

Parents at the school complained and some even sued after they said their children were held out of class for the entire day and felt like they did something wrong during one-on-one interviews.

The new ordinance has mostly small wording changes, like replacing 'interrogation' with 'questioning', but the biggest difference is that the district will have to "make a goodwill effort" to find a person the student is 'familiar' with to be in the same room as them during the questioning.

An Academic Magnet parent spoke during the meeting, saying she was happy with the planned change.

The board did not give a time timeline on when it might vote on the changes.

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