Charleston school student won't write essay

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A former Charleston school student who used the N-word in a Twitter message has refused to write a 500-word punishment essay ordered by the county school board.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that Ashley Patrick has obtained a temporary restraining order against the Charleston County School Board so she does not have to write the essay.

The former student at the School of Arts used the word about a classmate earlier this year.

Patrick complied with the local school district's 5-day suspension and performed 20 hours of community service and has graduated. Her lawyer says the county school board did not have the authority to require additional punishment.

County School Board Vice Chairman Craig Ascue says Patrick should also write the essay, too.