Friday, October 18, 2013
Editor's Note: The Georgetown Times does not condone the use of any profanity or obscenity. It is our normal policy to delete any such words. In this particular case, we are not repeating the words themselves but there are instances that indicate the words used by the male who is shouting. Because of the nature of what took place on the bus, we believe readers should be aware of the language. Reader discretion is advised.
— Tommy Howard, Editor
The Georgetown County School District has confirmed it is investigating allegations of verbal abuse that reportedly occurred on an activity bus Wednesday evening and that an employee has been placed on administrative leave.
The name of the employee has not been released by the district.
The Georgetown Times has been told the incident occurred on the bus being used to transport football players from Rosemary Middle School after the team lost to Carvers Bay Middle School.
A video that was sent to The Georgetown Times was reportedly taken by a student on the bus.
The minute-and-a-half video clip begins with the players who seem to be happy but then they get silent. A male voice is then heard screaming at them.
While some of what was being said was inaudible, several instances of profanity can be heard from the man doing the screaming.
“You got your a---- handed to you,” the person shouts. “They beat the hell out of you. Ain’t none of y’all gonna play next year. I’ll make sure of that.”
The shouting continued with the use of the “F” word.
“It is [expletive] ridiculous. Y’all act like you just won a G—D---- state championship but you lost all but one G—D--- football game,” the tirade continued. “Y’all are [expletive] losers. Laugh all you want. You will not play next year. I will make sure of that.”
Noise from the bus drowns out what else was said.
Because the student was trying to hide the fact he was videoing, the face of the screamer is not seen.
Rosemary Middle principal Michael Caviris said when he received information about the video Thursday morning he followed protocol and turned everything over to the district office. He would not answer any questions specifically about the matter while it is being investigated.
He did, however, say when the team travels it is only the players, coaches and driver on the bus.
District Superintendent Dr. Randy Dozier confirms he has a copy of the video “that appears to have been taken on a District activity bus on the way home from an athletic event.”
He said the district is trying “to substantiate the date, time, place and persons who are depicted in the video.”
Dozier said “the use of any abusive, profane or inappropriate language by school personnel, whether that language occurs in the classroom, on the athletic field, or in any other school-sponsored setting” is not condoned.
He said the district “has a staff conduct policy in place that addresses the use of unacceptable language. That policy is regularly reviewed with school personnel. At this point, this is a personnel matter and will be handled as such.”
Late Friday, Dozier was asked if it was true an employee has been placed on leave.
“In order to avoid tainting the process, the District does not generally release the names of school personnel who are being investigated by the District related to possible misconduct. In accordance with State law and Board policy, whenever there is possible misconduct by a teacher, that teacher is placed on paid administrative leave until such time as the investigation has been completed,” Dozier said.