Tuesday, August 8, 2023
I read a Facebook post this morning that Richland 2 had announced that school security officers cannot direct traffic at schools. One comment to that post mentioned a "new law".
So I Googled "school security officer cannot direct traffic". Check out the results for yourself. This is not a new issue.
Unless traffic control officers are highly trained and supervised, there is a pretty good chance that an "accident" (crash) might happen and the school district will find itself in the middle of a lawsuit.
I have experience in directing traffic, both while in uniform and not. It is imperative to take control of the flow of traffic. Otherwise, chances increase for a crash to occur.
S.C. Code of Laws §56-5-740: "Obedience to authorized persons directing traffic. No person shall willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of any police officer, fireman or uniformed adult school crossing guard INVESTED BY LAW [emphasis added] with authority to direct, control or regulate traffic."
Very likely, Richland 2 security officers are/were not "invested by law."
How was this announced? Did parents get a Notice? There is nothing on the District's website about this.
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