CCSD looks into changing student interrogation rules

CCSD looks into changing student interrogation rules

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County School District may implement new rules regarding the questioning of students.

The school board passed the first reading of a revision to the district's policy on student searches, interrogations and arrests on Monday evening.  One change would require the questioning staff member to make a good faith effort to have an employee with whom the student is familiar with, as a witness to the questioning.

CCSD's Office of General Counsel said it reviewed the policies of dozens of South Carolina school districts to help determine if its rules were "consistent with the law, policy elsewhere, and best practices."

At the time, many Academic Magnet High School parents were upset after their children were questioned regarding what the district called ""inappropriate post game celebrations" by the football team.

The Office of General Counsel's research said it determined that CCSD policy is "consistent" with other standards.  It also determined that notifying parents before a student is questioned is not widely practiced because doing so may "severely hamper" the timeliness of an investigation.

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