Internal investigation reveals Union Co. H.S. student was videoed for possible news story, district officials say


UNION COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Union County School District administration said an internal investigation into an allegation about a special needs students being videoed has revealed that a student was being videoed for a potential news story.

We reported earlier that district leaders launched an internal investigation at Union County High School.

One leader at district offices said they are investigating a report of a special needs student who may have been videotaped by a member of the administration at the high school and the video may have been shared with others.

According to a statement from the school system Wednesday, the student was a regular education student who was videoed for a possible news article. That school also reportedly had a signed media release for that student.

The following is the full statement issued by the school system:

“Union County School District administration has investigated an allegation that a special needs student was videoed, and that video was shared via social media. Through the investigation, it has been discovered that no special education student was videoed. A regular education student was videoed, however, for a potential news article, but by all accounts, that video has not been shared. Even though the school had a signed media release for the student, the parents of the student should have been contacted as a courtesy. The administration has spoken with the mother of the student and she is satisfied with the investigation and how it has been handled.”

Union County School Board trustee Mike Cohen said, “The head principal at the high school was suspended on Friday related to the video incident.”

Cohen went on to say that the principal was back at work on Monday.

The Union County School District Board of Trustees called a special meeting to be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in room 600 of the Union County Career and Technology Center.

The only item on the agenda is an executive session to discuss one personnel matter and one legal matter.

Cohen said he anticipates the special meeting to be about video incident. He also mentioned that he anticipates a vote.

He went on to say that the board could hold its own internal investigation if they are not pleased with the answers they receive during the meeting.

The board’s next regular meeting is set for Monday, September 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Buffalo Elementary School.

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