*Reminder to all parents picking students up in the 8th grade area:There are no left hand turns into the lower school parking lot on S. Blue Ridge Drive. This is in effect during school days from 2:30pm until 3:30 pm, OR UNTIL THE TRAFFIC HAS CLEARED OUT.
In an effort to inform and enlighten students and parents on important law related issues involving students and school property, I have added some legal statutes from the South Carolina Code of Laws.
(Remember: Knowledge is power)
School Property Is Defined as: Any type property or premise owned, operated, or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college, and other post secondary institutions.
Carrying Weapons on School Property: SC 16 ‐23‐430: This law is clear that ANY Weapon on school property is unlawful unless it is carried by persons so authorized by state law.
Carrying a Firearm on School Property: SC 16‐23‐420: This Law is clear that having a firearm on school property is unlawful unless meeting the requirements as stated in this statute such as a Law Enforcement Officer.
ASSAULT AND BATTERY 1st Degree 2nd Degree,and 3rd Degree/title 16 -3-600 SC Code of Laws:
NOTE THAT SOUTH CAROLINA LAW HAS VARIOUS LAWS PERTAINING TO ASSAULT AND BATTERY. SOME OF THESE LAWS ARE OF DIFFERENT DEGREES AND OTHERS ARE MORE SEVERE THAN OTHERS IN DEFINITION AND PENALTY. HOWEVER, ALL ARE ILLEGAL.
Disturbing Schools: SC 16-17-420:This law is clear that it is unlawful to willfully or unnecessarily disrupt,interfere,or disturb in any way ANY SCHOOL CLASSES OR FUNCTIONS. It also applies as Disturbing Schools if one is found LOITERING WITHOUT PERMISSION of the Principal or District Authority. This law also is violated if acting in an obnoxious manner unlawfully on the premise defined.
Unlawful Communication: SC-16-17-430: This law is clear that it is unlawful to use telephonic or electronic means(ex. phone or computer) to convey any messages that are harassing,threatening harm,or violence,lewd,vulgar,or indecent to another.
Hazing: SC 16-3-510: This law is clear that it is unlawful for a person to intentionally or recklessly engage in acts which have foreseeable potential for causing harm to a person for the purpose of initiation or admission.
These are just a few common criminal laws in South Carolina.
I have provided you with a brief explanation to each one with the purpose to help you better understand these SC laws. I encourage all students and parents to be familiar with the criminal laws in our state. Familiarizing yourself with the law will better assist us as teachers, leaders, parents, and citizens in order to teach our children how to be responsible, intelligent, and accountable adults.
Crimes Create Victims
As a Deputy Sheriff, I have witnessed many lives affected by crime. Many people do not realize that even the most minor criminal acts have a victim. On many occasions, I have heard someone say during an investigation "I don’t want to be a snitch."
Let’s take a minute to look at some statistics.
According to http://www.victimsofcrime.org/
Sadly, economic losses are not the only loss that is faced by these victims.
Many people’s lives are forever changed emotionally and physically as a result of a crime.
When I hear people use the word Snitch in regards to what has been glamorized by movies, music, and media; I often wonder if they really understand the affects of crime on people and our society. Too many people fail to understand that law enforcement needs good citizens who are ready to take a stand against criminal behavior by voicing truth.
We expect others to do what is right by us, but at times fail to give the same in return. We desire others to act on our behalf while we decide not to get involved on the behalf of someone else in need.
In saying this, I ask a Question:
First, put yourself in a victims shoes and think about how that would affect you. Ask yourself how would you feel if the ones guilty of committing that crime could not be brought to justice because no one who witnessed it spoke up on your behalf?