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RICHLAND TWO ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING INVESTIGATION
During Public Participation at the November 16, 2021 Board Meeting, an individual spoke about an alleged incident that was reported in an email to the district office on Sunday, November 14, 2021. The allegations were disturbing to hear just as they were disturbing to read about in the email. Dr. Baron R. Davis, superintendent, has assured employees and parents in an email that district administrators responded quickly after reading the email on Monday morning.
Administrators from the district's Human Resources office responded to the school Monday morning, November 15, to begin an investigation and to place the employee named in the report on administrative leave. Law enforcement began an investigation on Monday as well, and school and district administrators are fully cooperating with the investigators from the Richland County Sheriff's Department. The school principal talked with the parents to let them know that district administrators had started an investigation.
Based on the advice of the district’s Director of Safety and Security, the availability of the livestream video from the board meeting is currently restricted to protect the identity of a minor involved in an investigation. The district is exercising as much caution as possible in order to not interfere with the investigations, and therefore, district leaders could not respond to the comments made during Public Participation at the board meeting. Additionally, the district must protect student privacy in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
In the letter to employees and parents, Superintendent Davis said, “Please know that Richland Two does not tolerate any type of misconduct involving students and always fully investigates any reports of possible violations of laws, policies and procedures. In responding to allegations, district and school administrators are required by privacy laws to protect the identity of all individuals involved during the investigation. We always fully cooperate with law enforcement to ensure that our actions do not interfere with or compromise the integrity of any criminal investigations. I want to reassure the entire Richland Two family that providing safe, nurturing and caring environments that support quality teaching and learning at all of our schools remains our top priority.”