Updated: Sheriff Office Press release
Detectives with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office have obtained a Criminal Arrest Warrant for Larry Cavender, a teacher at the Pickens County High School. The warrant is for the offense of Simple Battery, committed against a high school student.
According to the initial incident report, On March 8th, a student in Cavender’s classroom reported to the School Resource Officer and school officials that Mr. Cavender had struck her across the face in the classroom. Upon the completion of their investigation, Pickens Sheriff’s Office Detectives sought and obtained a Criminal Arrest Warrant from the Pickens County Probate Judge for the offense of Simple Battery.
Mr. Cavender has cooperated with Detectives throughout the investigation and he voluntarily turned himself into the Pickens County Adult Detention Center once he was made aware of the issued warrant.
A Pickens High School teacher will be charged with simple battery for striking a female student in the classroom last week.
The veteran male teacher is accused of striking the student a single time, which did not cause any significant injury. The name of teacher was not included in this story as they hadn't not been arrested yet. The teacher was expected to turn himself in later Monday afternoon.
Lt. Kris Stancil said it was a single strike to the face which left a small mark on the student. He said it was not an attack or more serious assault.
At this point, the sheriff was not prepared to release information on what lead up the incident.