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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Tentative Settlement in School Drug Raid, SC

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Stratford High School students who were in a hallway when Goose Creek police officers drew their guns during a drug sweep have reached a tentative settlement with the
school district.

The tentative agreement says that the students would receive between $2,000 and $5,000 each to settle lawsuits from the raid.

Surveillance video showed officers with guns drawn ordering more than 100 students to the floor as a barking drug dog sniffed them
for drugs. No drugs were found and no arrests were made.

Also, the state did not file charges against the officers, but the state attorney general called the raid "highly inappropriate."

Sixty-two students and their families filed lawsuits claiming police and school officials violated students' constitutional rights.


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