Creative Discipline ·
Caren Weldon, mother of a fourth-grader at Charlestowne Academy and also the school's PTA president, recently walked into a classroom to find her son isolated from the rest of the class, with his desk against the wall and surrounded on three sides with an open-top cardboard box. According to Charleston County Schools spokesman Jerry Adams, the principal told the teacher that putting the kid in a box was "inappropriate." Adams continued, "It shouldn't have happened. There are better ways for teachers to deal with disruptive students, but [the district feels] that [the school has] handled the situation properly." Weldon has been quoted as saying the punishment was "cruel and abusive." --Damian Joseph
Here We Go Again ·
City Councilman Bob George last week filed an official complaint about the Nov. 1 election that may unseat him. For the second time in four years, George and challenger Kathleen Wilson were in a nail-biter, this latest one going her way with a three-vote margin. Wilson, showing the endurance befitting a long-distance swimmer who's crossed the English Channel, ran another tough race to represent James Island. Eight years ago, George had to go to the S.C. Supreme Court to be declared the winner by a thinner-than-thin margin. If any of George's protests are upheld, a run-off election could be held this week. In related news, Robert Mitchell and Sheila Powell have survived a seven-way run for the Dist. 4 Council seat, and will face each other in a runoff; this is Powell's second runoff for the same seat in four years. --Bill Davis
Sic Itur Ad Astra·
It's surely a sign of the City Paper's maturation, at least in years if not attitude, that more and more individuals dear to the paper are passing away. Over the past few weeks, the paper and community lost former arts contributor Nicholas Drake, who hosted a statewide arts talk show called Who Do You Know on public radio. We also lost Tom Grant, whose 100th birthday we celebrated this summer with a cover story by his friend and former neighbor Will Moredock. Last week also saw local photographer and avid cyclist Don Taylor pass away after having touched the eyes and hearts of many in the Lowcountry with his craft and passion. Hopefully, we've all learned something from each of them. Godspeed, fellas.