The South Carolina schoolhouse district progressive successful a ineligible conflict pinch a student who says she was accosted for not saying nan Pledge of Allegiance has contradicted nan student's claims.
Ninth-grade student Marissa Barnwell says she was pushed by a River Bluff High School coach erstwhile she didn't extremity to singing nan Pledge of Allegiance. Barnwell says she was stepping softly successful a hallway erstwhile nan coach allegedly yelled astatine her.
"I was wholly and utterly disrespected," nan 15-year-old said. "No 1 has apologized, nary 1 has acknowledged my hurt."
An lawyer representing Lexington School District 1 says that surveillance video shows nan coach rubbing Barnwell's shoulder, but not pushing her.
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Marissa Barnwell, a River Bluff High School student, her parents and their lawyer, Tyler Bailey, clasp a news convention successful Columbia, S.C., connected Thursday, March 9, 2023, regarding a suit revenge against Lexington School District. (Alexa Jurado/The State via AP)
The video besides reportedly shows that nan confrontation began during nan infinitesimal of silence, aft nan promise was said. State rule says that students tin opt retired of nan promise if they are not being disruptive.
"There would beryllium nary prohibition connected nan schoolhouse requiring students to extremity doing immoderate they are doing, including stepping down nan hall, and to stay silent during nan infinitesimal of silence," schoolhouse territory lawyer David Lyon wrote.
The schoolhouse territory says it reviewed each nan footage from nan hallway during its investigation. They concluded that neither nan coach progressive nor Barnwell should beryllium disciplined.
Local constabulary besides conducted their ain investigation and did not record charges.
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River Bluff High School successful Lexington, South Carolina (Google Maps)
The teen’s family is suing nan teacher, nan principal, nan schoolhouse territory and authorities acquisition officials, alleging they infringed upon her civilian authorities to some free reside aliases not to speak astatine all.
The schoolhouse territory besides says that some territory labor and Barnwell are receiving "extremely hateful communication" during this time.
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"District leaders powerfully condemn this inappropriate behavior. We attraction for each of our students and labor and regret that those progressive successful this business person been nan target of sadistic messages," territory officials said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.