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Gaffney H.S. Student Body Election Results Spark Lawsuit

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The attorney representing Cherokee County School District says the school is now reviewing its student body election procedures. The attorney representing Cherokee County School District says the school is now reviewing its student body election procedures.
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The attorney representing Cherokee County School District says the school is now reviewing its student body election procedures.

A lawsuit has been filed against Cherokee County School District for disqualifying the winner of Gaffney High’s student body elections.

Last spring, the school announced rising-senior Darby Auton would be the new student body president.

But according to the suit, filed by her parents in Cherokee County on Aug. 6, Auton was later told by officials that she didn't qualify to serve.

Andrea White, an attorney for the school district says Gaffney High’s bylaws require candidates to be on student council for at least two years. White says Auton did not meet that qualification, which was discovered after she was declared the winner.

The complaint argues that Auton was never informed that didn’t meet the requirements and that she abided by all the election rules.

White says the school offered Auton the opportunity to be a co-president with the runner-up and only other candidate on the ballot.

Auton's attorney declined to comment on the case which goes before a judge on Aug. 30. They are asking for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction preventing the district from beginning the school year “with any other student other than Plaintiff Darby Auton as student body president.”

White told 7 On Your Side this is a matter that should be left up to the district.

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