Parent settles legal action against Charleston Co. School District after child is taken by stranger

Updated: Dec. 19, 2019 at 7:30 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County School District will avoid further legal action after the parent of a Midland Park Primary student settles a complaint against the district in court.

A child and his mother are set to be awarded $19,500 from the South Carolina School Boards Insurance Trust for an incident related to “dismissal” on May 13, 2019.

While the school district would not confirm it’s the same incident because of student privacy laws, a North Charleston Police report said a five-year old was able to leave Midland Park Primary School with an adult who did not have permission to take him on that same date.

The child’s grandmother had said the child was missing for about 30 minutes before he was returned to the school after the person realized they had picked up the wrong child.

At the time, the child’s family had hoped the Charleston County School District could reevaluate its dismissal policy because of the incident.

The district responded with a statement.

“We are aware of a concern about the dismissal procedure at Midland Park Primary School. Measures have been taken to address the matter and to ensure the safety and security of the children that have been entrusted into our care will continue to be our highest priority," a district spokesperson said.

Some of the settlement award will cover attorney fees, according to court documents.

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