The Pickens school district released the below statement this morning following a called board meeting last evening.
"There have been many serious safety concerns raised in the past few days. School board members, staff, and students have been threatened due to the administration’s implementation of Adams vs. St. John’s County School District.
There have been death threats, student harassment, and vandalism of school property. The
District understands and acknowledges that it has the responsibility to protect its staff and students. However, the District has concerns that it may not be able to meet these recently increased demands.
Pickens Schools Supt. Dr. Carlton Wilson at a heated meeting on transgender students. The town hall forum drew a large and passionate crowd. Due to safety concerns, including death threats, student harassment, and vandalism, the district has announced they will return to bathroom procedures that were in place at the beginning of this school year until they can address safety issues.
Roughly 850 people turned outfor a tense town hall meeting regarding transgender bathrooms in Pickens schools, a topic that has caused public uproar and division in Pickens County over the last week.
No issue in recent history has captured the attention of local residents as strongly as this has. The town hall meeting, which was standing room only at one of the county’s largest venues, was the biggest anyone could recall in many years. The issue has aroused much anger and confusion, spurring on death threats to top school officials.
In anticipation of a tense meeting, enflamed by heated social media posts and comments leading up to the event, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office had over 20 deputies on duty at the Pickens High School Performing Art Center Monday, Oct. 14.
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Pickens County Retired Educators Association
Members of the Pickens County Retired Educators Association (PCREA) will be at the Talking Rock Schoolhouse Teaching Museum during Heritage Days on October 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and October 20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers from PCREA will tell visitors the history of the museum building and what it was like to be a student or a teacher in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The schoolhouse was built in 1877 to be used as Ludville High School, which is located in the western part of Pickens County. It was the first high school in the county and had students from Pickens County and some neighboring counties. When the railroad
The Creative Writing Contest for Youth is now in full swing. The competition put on by the Sassafras Literary Exchange is in its 38th year. It is designed for students from grade six through 12 who live in and are educated in Pickens County. It matters not whether these students are in Public schools or in an alternate study program, they are eligible to enter.
There are three categories in the high school and also three for the middle grades. Those categories are fiction, non-fiction and poetry. There is a maximum limit of 1,500 words in the fiction and non-fiction categories with a 50 line limit for poetry. The deadline for entries is Friday, November 1st.
Does Pickens County have haunted places? Ghost sightings? Unexplained occurences? Please share your recollections. We are looking for any scary tales of places or events in this county to publish. We seek established legends, firsthand experiences or local folk tales - not new fiction. The Progress may follow up with longer accounts of some of the best. As many as possible will be printed - that is, if we get some good ones. The staff of the newspaper did not know of any bona fide ghost stories from this county, please enlighten us if you do. Call to discuss futher @ 706-253-2457.