Hand sanitizer used on a wound and hitting students

.jpg photo of child abuse and neglect graphicA SC teacher and principal in question.

November 03, 2022

The Horry County Police Department arrested an elementary school teacher and a principal Wednesday morning.

Rebecca Schroyer, 47, who is the principal at Ocean Bay Elementary School, is accused of two counts of failing to report a child neglect allegation for an incident that happened during the 2021-22 school year.

The alleged incident, which happened in February, involved a teacher “putting hand sanitizer in a child’s open wound,” an arrest warrant states.

Schroyer, employed with the district since 2001, was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday pending the investigation.  At the Wednesday bond hearing, Schroyer was given a  $10,000 bond and released.

Grace McColgan, 60, a special education teacher at Ocean Bay Elementary, was charged with six counts of unlawful conduct towards a child, stemming from the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years, according to an arrest warrant.

According to a redacted witness statement, McColgan smacked three male students with an open hand on two separate occasions after the students would not get their heads off the table.  These incidents happened in late September.

There were always three adults in the room with McColgan, according to the incident reports.  She was placed on administrative leave October 11.

McColgan was given a $60,000 bond on Wednesday.

Mark Porter, executive director for elementary schools, will oversee Ocean Bay elementary school for the time being, according to Lisa Bourcier, the Horry County schools spokesperson.

A bond hearing for both McColgan and Schroyer is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday.  No bail has been set.

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