Monthly Archives: October 2015

Response to Richland County Sheriff firing Spring Valley SRO

School officials and police officers both have the tough job of making on-the-spot judgment calls during the course of their daily duties.  I respect the difficulty of these decisions and I regret the fact that a bad decision can lead to bad outcomes for all involved.  However, both educators and police officers must be held to a high standard when interacting with students and the public.  With this in mind, I respect Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott’s decision to fire the SRO.  As a community, we must continue the work that we have done to support each other through all of the recent tragedies in South Carolina and to remain united as we deal with this difficult situation.

Spring Valley SRO Video

I have watched the video several times and there is no doubt that the video is extremely disturbing.  The amount of force used on a female student by a male officer appears to me to be excessive and unnecessary. As the parent of a daughter in Richland School District Two I can assure you that we are taking this matter very seriously.  The district superintendent has been in constant contact with the Richland County Sheriff to express our concern over this matter and the district has banned the deputy in question from all District Two property.  The Sheriff has assured us that a full investigation is under way and that he wants the same questions answered that we all have about this matter.   At this time, I will reserve further comment and judgement until the full investigation has been completed.  However, I want to assure you that the Richland … Continue reading

Richland Two Opens Monday (Oct 12th) on a Two Hour Delay

The message below is available on the Richland Two website. Dear Richland Two Families, Please read this entire message. Beginning, Monday, Oct. 12, school will start on a two-hour delay. This delay will last at least through the week. Three-year old half-day classes are canceled when we are on a two-hour delay. A two-hour delay means: * If your school normally starts at 8, it will now start at 10 a.m. Dismissal times remain the same. *Bus Riders report to your bus stop two hours later than usual. If you normally get to your bus stop at 6:30. You now report to your bus stop at 8:30. *Due to the numerous road closures, multiple bus routes have been adjusted. If there are changes to bus routes, that information is posted on the district’s website. There will be bus delays. *Please be patient and safe. There will be congestion on roads due to … Continue reading