Council members spent the special meeting called discussing ways to improve safety and security throughout the district.

COLUMBIA, SC – Wednesday, Richland School District 2 the council members met for the first time since a heated meeting resulted in the arrest of a council member.

Council members met to discuss a topic that concerns all parents, safety. However, during the meeting, several members of the board of directors were visibly missing.

Board member Lashonda McFadden surrendered on Wednesday, May 11, after a warrant was issued for her arrest for what MPs say was her part in a row between her and the chairwoman of the board, Dr. Teresa Holmes.

McFadden was charged with threatening the life of an official, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

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According to council member James Manning, McFadden is still employed by the district. He said it wasn’t the first time she had a seizure. Manning is now asking for his resignation.

Board member Lindsey Agostini said it was an inappropriate discussion that should not have taken place.

McFadden told News 19 his outburst stemmed from “a conglomeration of things that happened in the past.”

As for Wednesday’s meeting, Manning said the student safety discussion stemmed from local and national incidents. “Around social media, weapons, fights especially from COVID… there has been an increase in incidents.”

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Manning said the council has established a committee that is focused on improving safety and security in the district.

One idea is to add more school resource officers.

“Metal detectors were something that was discussed at length tonight,” Manning said. “Drug dogs were another idea.”

McGee Moody was one of two parents at the reunion. He said he had two daughters in the district and wanted the situations addressed immediately before they escalated into something bigger.

“We’ve had some issues with the introduction of guns into schools and I honestly wanted to know what was going on,” Moody said. “Put as many of these ORS into individual schools as possible… II want them to involve the community as much as they can.”

Another meeting will take place to discuss the ideas and how they could be implemented.

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