School of the Arts senior files suit against CCSD

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The School of the Arts senior who tweeted the "n-word" at a classmate in February is suing the Charleston County School District to have her record cleared of any improper charges.According to court documents, Ashley Patrick was originally suspended for three days after school administrators learned about the post. Administrators then referred the matter to the school district's Office of Student Placement for investigation and punishment.

Administrators later extended the suspension to five days while they decided how to further handle the issue, the documents show. Patrick's final punishment put her on strict board probation, which means that if a she had faced another disciplinary action, she would have been expelled. In addition, Patrick had to complete 20 hours of community service, and write a 500-word essay on racism and social media to present at a school board meeting.Patrick's lawyer said that she suffered harm to her academic record and Patrick and her family want these charges removed.Patrick's mother, Virginia, is also suing the Charleston County School District for the attorney fees and costs she paid to bring about legal action.