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PHS teacher facing charges for striking student


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.

Original Story

 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.





-2 #1 todd 2013-03-11 20:04
He's Fired.
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+2 #2 pinto colvig 2013-03-12 15:51
I highly doubt there's much substance to this charge. Mr. Cavendar has taught at PHS for 60 years and all of a sudden he now decides to hit a kid? Not likely.
+6 #3 Bob 2013-03-12 18:49
This is just sad and ridiculous. I know for a fact he wouldnt do such actions to anybody. [deleted] I know there are two sides to every story and both are backed up by their own opinions.
+7 #4 Ell 2013-03-13 09:43
I bet there is more to this story than we know. If the teacher just out and slapped a kid fire him! If the student was cussing and in his face....maybe we should ask why the parents haven't congratulated him on doing what they should have!!!
+8 #5 Rhonda 2013-03-13 14:20
I have worked with Mr. Cavender and find it very hard to believe he would do something like this. I no longer work in the Pickens School System but like the adminstration in this school use to say the inmates run the prison which was true. In another situation at this same school parents told their kids and the administrator my kids don't have to respect the teachers, administrators etc, YALL have to respect my child. A lot of these problems start at home and if there is no displine there how can you expect anymore from them at school.
+3 #6 Micayla 2013-03-14 08:07
I love Mr. Cavendar. He is one of the best teachers at PHS, and he would do anything to help any student there in anyway he can. [deleted] As was said before, there are two side to every story, we need to hear his!
0 #7 Lynette 2013-03-21 16:02
I've known Larry Cavender for many years, even when he was working and going to school to become a teacher. IF he did strike a student, he had to be highly provoked!

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