West Ashley Student Hospitalized After Being Pulled From Pond
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) —
The condition of a child from West Ashley who was brought to MUSC late Tuesday morning is still unknown.
Investigators were called just after 11 a.m. to a secluded pond off Wallace School Road, near Ashley River Road. Charleston Police said they responded to a call about a student from Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School who was found in the water.
“I couldn’t imagine as a parent to get that phone call,” said Jennifer Osteen, a parent of a child who graduated from the school.
Today, Osteen is a member of the Constituent District 10 school board.
“When I heard that there was a possible drowning in the pond immediately I got worried and concerned because even if you don’t know the student, they’re our children throughout District 10,” she said. “So I wanted to check and see what was going on.”
Osteen was also a substitute teacher at the school. She says it’s the second time this week a local elementary school student was involved in danger.
“Yesterday I was very concerned about one of our students at Drayton Hall being hit by a car. And now I’m concerned about another one,” Osteen said. “We don’t know all of our students, but we care for all of our students.”
The school principal sent a letter to parents explaining how school resource officers helped with the incident. But it didn’t offer details of the incident that took place near their campus.
ABC News 4 has asked the school district to clarify why the child was outside, and if any teachers were nearby. So far school officials haven’t responded to our questions.
A few parents said they learned of the incident on social media. They believe it took a long time for the school district to notify them. Again, ABC News 4 reached out to the school district to find out how long it took to alert parents, but officials haven’t provided answers.