Berkeley County School District says Sorry After Backlash

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County teachers felt disappointed by what they’re calling a lack of support from the school district.

This comes after the district sent out a statement saying they would not cancel schools and would stand in with students.

Teachers were upset with some of what the statement said, and after backlash, the district apologized and issued a new statement.

The new statement said in part, “The spirit in which our statement was written was not well received by some in our community, especially our teachers whom we love, and for that we apologize. We desired not just to state that we were open, but to emphasize strongly our support for our teachers. The use of STAND IN was to indicate that everyone at BCSD is willing to do whatever is needed to allow teachers to participate while also caring for our student.”

Teachers felt like the school district weren’t giving them the proper support and openly expressed that during Tuesday’s school board meeting.

“As a teacher it makes you feel like so are we not standing in for our kids because we’re standing up for our students, that’s why we’re going to Columbia,” said Berkeley County teacher Meredith Handren.

Superintendent Eddie Ingram took some time at the end of the meeting to address parent and teacher concerns.

“Please understand that I take full responsibility for anything that may have offended anyone, it was not intentional. That I promise," said Ingram.

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