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Republican Sally Atwater Faces Lawsuit Alleging She Shoved Student Who Wanted Candy

David McCabe


WASHINGTON -- A lawsuit filed last week alleges that Sally Atwater, who is running for the Republican nomination for state superintendent of education in South Carolina, shoved a student in one of her classes.

The plaintiffs in the personal injury suit -- the parents of the student, who is described only as having "special needs" -- say that in December, Atwater set up a piñata in her classroom but instructed her students not to pick up the candy when the piñata eventually broke open. The suit alleges that when the student ran at the candy, Atwater shoved him away "with a crazed, angry look on her face."

The lawsuit is seeking damages from Atwater and from the school district where she was employed. The student is not named in the suit.

Her campaign has pushed back forcefully against the suit, which was filed on Wednesday. Spokesman Luke Byars said it smacks of political opportunism coming less than a week before Tuesday's runoff election.

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