Special needs student assaulted by staff member at Cayce Elementary, according to report, woman arrested

From Ashley Hunter, City of Cayce Communications- At approximately 11:30 AM on Tuesday, a Cayce School Resource Officer was notified of an incident involving a staff member and a student at Cayce Elementary School that had taken place on Friday (May 20.) Officers immediately began investigating the incident and obtained a warrant within hours of being notified.

Wednesday morning, Cayce officers arrested Melanie Juliette Harris on charges of Assault in the 2nd Degree, Kidnapping and Unlawful Conduct Towards a Minor. Harris assaulted a special needs student in a classroom at Cayce Elementary School.

The relationships between our SROs and the students, staff and administration are paramount to safe schools. Cayce Police Department SROs work closely with our schools teaching classes, coaching sports, holding camps over the summer, mentoring and supporting all of the schools in Cayce.