The drug raid at Goose Step High, as Michael Graham calls it, was even worse than first reported: Police ran in the building with guns already drawn; the principal searched a student’s wallet and demanded to know why he had $100. (I registered for the Charleston Post-Courier, sacrificing for my readers.)
GOOSE GREEK–Last Wednesday started out like most any other school day for Ray Glover, a senior at Stratford High School — until police officers with guns drawn stormed into the school’s cafeteria at 6:45 a.m. and began barking orders at startled students.
The perplexed Glover said he had no idea what was happening, or why.
“The police came into the cafeteria with the dogs, and then they chased one kid down the hall,” said Glover, a tall 19-year-old with braided hair who is known by the nickname “Bolo.”
“I know that some students who’ve never seen a gun in their lives were really scared,” he said.
Glover said an officer hustled him out of the cafeteria and into the hallway, placed plastic handcuffs on him and made him lie on the floor while his clothes and book bag were searched.
“He was yelling, telling me to get down,” he said. “The police are crazy nowadays. If stuff like this keeps happening, a lot of students won’t want to come back to school.”
The police ran in with guns drawn. To a school.
Two brothers were targeted.
Shortly after Sam (Ody) sat down in the cafeteria, a coach came up and told the students at his table to put their hands on the table. When the students asked why, they were told it was the principal’s orders.
Then a police officer came over and bound Sam’s hands behind his back with yellow restraints, took him into the hallway and told him to face the wall as a dog smelled his bag. He watched as his binders and folders were dumped out on the floor.
Then the principal, George McCrackin, patted him down, checked his shoes and took out his wallet, asking him where he got the approximately $100 he was carrying, Sam said. The student said he told McCrackin he had just gotten paid at his job at KFC.
“The people I hang out with are not drug dealers,” Sam said. “We play basketball. We have nice clothes because we have jobs.”
Down the hall, Josh (Ody) was standing with his friends when he heard a rustling and felt something hit him in the back. When he turned around, he said, he saw a police officer standing behind him with his gun drawn.
“He told me to get down on the ground,” said Josh, who then was instructed to put his hands behind his head and stay down.
Thank God nobody was shot.
The Ody brothers are black, like 70 of 107 students searched at the majority white school. The ACLU is investigating. It’s going to be lawsuit time in Goose Creek, South Carolina.