Mt. Pleasant not releasing police reports about school disturbance involving town council member

The councilman previously called a constituent the c-word on Facebook

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The Town of Mt. Pleasant and its police department appear to be keeping an incident report under wraps that reportedly describes a town council member as "rude" and "belligerent" to administrators at a local middle school.

In October, town council member Kevin Cunnane "stated he would go through the doors" of Thomas C. Cario Middle School, according to a redacted report obtained by the Post and Courier. Even though the document contained redactions, it does not appear that it was obtained through standard disclosure procedure.

The report blacked out Cunanne's name, but the P&C was able to confirm his identity independently.



"I didn’t do anything to warrant police action," Cunnane told the paper in an interview.

The report is said to have described a disturbance between children. Cunnane met with administrators, and school officials tried to calm him. At one point, the councilman said it would be a conflict of interest to talk to a school resource officer because he was his "boss."

Cunnane told the P&C that he called a school resource officer over during a meeting with administrators. He suggested that the report should be kept private because it involves juveniles.

No arrests were made during the incident.

P&C education reporter Paul Bowers weighed in on Twitter, pointing out that he's received police reports filed from schools that redact the names of minors.
This isn't the first time that Cunnane, an attorney who has lived in Mt. Pleasant since 2011, has found himself in hot water. After a constituent and one-time donor criticized the councilman's frequent posts about 9/11, Cunnane apologized for referring to the person as "you cunt."

Mt. Pleasant police spokesman Chip Googe said the City Paper's request for the incident report is "currently being processed by legal." A city attorney also told the P&C that the report was being processed.

Calls and emails sent to Cunnane were not immediately returned. An email sent to a Town of Mt. Pleasant spokeswoman was not immediately returned.

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