Brookland-Cayce administrator facing arrest after review of evidence in altercation between students
Cayce, SC 05/27/2022 (Paul Kirby) – A Brookland-Cayce High School administrator is now facing arrest after he physically intervened in an altercation between two students at the school’s State Street campus. According to Ashley Hunter, a spokesperson for the Cayce Police Department, Leon Brunson, the administrator, must now turn himself in after warrants were obtained for Assault 3rd and Unlawful Conduct Towards A Child.
According to Hunter, a Cayce police officer was notified before noon on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, that an altercation had taken place between two students in the Brookland Cayce High School gymnasium. One of the students involved in the altercation reported that he was taken to the ground by a school administrator. The student also indicated that the Brunson pushed him several times as well. The incident with the Brunson took place after the students were separated from the original altercation and the situation had deescalated. The student was injured as a result of the assault.
The Cayce School Resource Officer (SRO) and the Cayce Police Department collected evidence and statements from witnesses who had knowledge of the incident. That investigation resulted in warrants being issued for Brunson.
During their investigation of Wednesday’s incident, Cayce Police Investigators determined that video evidence exits of Brunson assaulting another student two years ago. Hunter said that that video mirrors the video evidence recovered in the incident on May 25, 2022.
This is the second such incident in Lexington District Two Schools this week. Earlier, a teacher’s aid from Cayce Elementary School was charged and arrested on serious charges after a confrontation with a special needs student. The former employee of the District, Melanie Juliette Harris, 27, was charged with Assault in the 2nd Degree, Kidnapping, and Unlawful Conduct Towards a Minor. She was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center and a bond of $120,000 was set by a judge. According to a check of the Lexington County Sheriff's Office’s webpage on Friday morning, Harris is no longer an inmate at the Detention Center or an employee of District Two.
PHOTO CAPTION: Leon Brunson