This week, Chesterfield County Superintendent Dr. Chan Anderson will meet with parents and community members about an incident last week at Cheraw High School involving two men who were given access to the main office.
In a press release on the district’s Facebook page, Anderson assured everyone that safety will continue to be a priority of Cheraw High School and the school district.
The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.
“As we all know, safety is a collaborative effort. I will be available at Cheraw High School on the following dates and times to discuss this incident or any safety matters or solutions you may have,” Anderson said.
He will be in the cafeteria of Cheraw High from 4:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and Thursday, Dec. 14.
Anderson said anyone unable to attend could email him at Superintendent@Chesterfieldschools.org.
In a release, district officials said on Wednesday, Dec. 6, that two young men were given access to the main office of Cheraw High School.
While in the office, the two young men requested to see the school counselor to enroll.
Anderson said they were granted access through the main door to go to the guidance office.
Instead of going to the guidance office, the young men walked to a hallway restroom.
It was noted the young men did not roam the school.
“However, while in the restroom conversating, a staff member entered and escorted them to the front office without incident,” Anderson said in the release. “The young men respectfully spoke with the principal and were directed off of the campus without incident. The young men entered the restroom at approximately 11:57 a.m. and entered back into the main office at approximately 12:04 p.m.
Sheriff Cambo Streater did an on-air interview with Jay and George on the Morning Mess, which airs from 6-9 a.m. Monday-Friday on MyFM/WCRE 93.9.
“The sheriff’s office is in the process of trying to identify the two men,” he said. “I think we will be successful in doing that. Once we identify them, we will interview them, find out their purpose at the high school, and go from there,” said Streater.
Streater noted that the school resource officers in the Chesterfield County School District are deputies and employees of the CCSO.
When asked about the SRO at the school, Streater said the SRO for Cheraw High was on a field trip with a class on Wednesday and was not at the district.
Metal detectors are at entry points at every high school and middle school.
Streater said in the past, he has asked district officials for funding for additional SRO, who will be roving all over Chesterfield County. He planned to revisit this.
“If one of the SROs is out sick or on a field trip, the district could fund one SRO that could fill that gap,” Streater said.
The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office has released two photos from video surveillance and is asking for the public’s help in identifying the two young men. If you have any information, call the tip line at (843) 287-0235.