SC School Board Temporarily Suspends Ocean Bay Elementary Teacher’s Certificate After Arrest


COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – The South Carolina Board of Education has temporarily suspended the educator certificate of an Ocean Bay Elementary School teacher after she was arrested and charged with abused several students.

Horry County police arrested special education teacher Grace McColgan a few weeks ago following an investigation. She is charged with six counts of unlawful conduct towards a child.

The arrest warrants list several instances of abuse, including rubbing hand sanitizer into a student’s open wound, throwing a student from a chair, and punching students in the face. back of the head.

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“The SCDE (South Carolina Department of Education) has reason to believe that due to the seriousness of this allegation of misconduct, Ms. McColgan may pose a threat to the health, safety and welfare of students who may be under his instruction. , and that urgent action is required,” according to an order filed by the SC Board of Education on November 2.

The state board found that based on the evidence, McColgan’s educator license will be temporarily suspended until a hearing is held or the matter is resolved.

Horry County Schools also placed McColgan on administrative leave.

Ocean Bay Elementary School Principal Rebecca Schroyer has also been arrested and charged in connection with the case. Investigators said she did not report the child abuse or neglect to the proper authorities.

She was also placed on administrative leave by the school district.

Both women were released from prison.

From left to right: Grace McColgan, special education teacher at Ocean Bay Elementary School; Rebecca Schroyer, Principal of Ocean Bay Elementary School(J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

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