FOX 46 Open Records: Clover child abuse investigation

- FOX 46 aired an investigative report detailing allegations of the abuse of autistic children at Larne Elementary School in Clover. The story also included an audio recording of an apparent death threat by a teacher at the school, allegedly towards the parent of an autistic child.

The day after that story aired, Clover School District officials called an emergency meeting at the school in response to the FOX 46 report.

Only parents with children enrolled at Larne were allowed to attend, and many parents, and media, were kicked off school property by Clover police.

FOX 46 obtained an audio recording of that meeting.

Larne Elementary School principal Tony Hemingway and Clover School District Special Services Director Laura Holland are heard in the audio tape questioning the accuracy of the FOX 46 report, specifically when it comes to the district’s internal investigation regarding the alleged abuse.

As a result, FOX 46 has decided to publish all documents the district provided in response to anchor Bill Melugin’s Freedom of Information Act Requests.

Some of the documents were heavily redacted by the district, and because Bill Melugin was only provided hard copies, some of the documents are marked with a highlighter

The documents include the district’s internal investigation into the child abuse allegations at Larne Elementary School, a letter sent to parents following that investigation, internal documents and notes about the investigation, as well as a response for a request of the disciplinary records of the teacher allegedly heard making the threat in the audio tape, showing the district threatening to pursue criminal or civil action if FOX 46 decided to air the recording.

Click here to read the district’s internal investigation into the child abuse allegations at Larne Elementary School.

Click here to read the letter sent to parents following the district's investigation.

Click here to read the response for a request of the disciplinary records of the teacher allegedly heard making the threat in the audio tape.

 

 

[CLOVER EMERGENCY MEETING AUDIO] I've obtained a full audio recording from the emergency parent forum called at Larne...

Posted by Bill Melugin FOX 46 on Sunday, February 21, 2016

 

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