Theft At SC Government-Run School District Exposed

An arrest warrant has been issued for a former “assistant technology administrator” at South Carolina’s worst-performing government-run school district, The Jasper (S.C.) Sun is reporting. Forty-year-old Gwenetta A. Harris – who lives in Georgia but (until recently) worked for the Jasper County school district – has been accused of embezzling more…

An arrest warrant has been issued for a former “assistant technology administrator” at South Carolina’s worst-performing government-run school district, The Jasper (S.C.) Sun is reporting.

Forty-year-old Gwenetta A. Harris – who lives in Georgia but (until recently) worked for the Jasper County school district – has been accused of embezzling more than $10,000 from taxpayers.

What did she do? According to investigators, Harris submitted school purchase orders for “iPads, iPods and accessories” which were never used by the district.

Harris was fired on October 23 – more than three months after the alleged thieving began.

Sources on the ground tell FITS the extent of the theft is much larger than what has thus far been publicized.

“At least $25,000 in iPads and other computer equipment is M.I.A., unaccounted for and cannot be located,” one source said.

Other district officials may be involved in the plot, too.

Sadly, we’re also told stories like Harris’ are “par for the course” in this notoriously corrupt district – which boasts the lowest test scores of any government-run district in the state.

We’re sure the local State Senator Clementa Pinckney will get right on that … (not).

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Jackie Chiles November 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

I don’t get the “government-run” issue here. I guarantee you the Jasper county Wal-Mart has had more stuff stolen by its employees than the Jasper County school district.

CNSYD November 22, 2013 at 11:27 am


It is Nov 22. Only 8 more days in the month before Sic Willie’s mortgage is due. He needs that Howie Rich check. Howie has mandated that Sic Willie use “government-run” on any articles about public school a gazillion times a month and Sic Willie hasn’t met this month’s quota yet.

eneils bailey November 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm

JC, I don’t get your logic here. Imagining another crime at Wal-Mart to compare what this asshat actually did at the school system somehow mitigates her damage?
I am sure there are thieves in just about every sizable private and public organization in South Carolina, just catch and prosecute them when they are exposed.

Jackie Chiles November 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

That’s my point. Pointing out that it was at a “government run” school was a cheap swipe at “government run” institutions, as if such theft only occurs due to the incompetence of government.

Kel Champlin November 24, 2013 at 12:42 am

Nope – just the incompetence of the Jasper County School District. Sorry. “Government Run” and “Jasper County” are two entirely different entities. My teenager attends the public high school here – and is asking to be home schooled. There is a reason for the reports on this District, Mr. Chiles. Do your research.

Jackie Chiles November 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

“‘Government Run’ and ‘Jasper County’ are two entirely different entities.”

I honestly have no idea what you mean by this. Are you trying to say that Jasper County isn’t the government?

D November 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm

You are extemely stupid. Wal-Mart is a private business, Jasper school district is funded by tax money from citizens and funds from the state and federal government. dah!

Jackie Chiles November 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Uhhhh…ok? When a car accident occurs on a public road, do we start off news stories with “CAR ACCIDENT ON GOVERNMENT-RUN ROAD?” Of course we don’t. Because whether the road is government run or not has nothing to do with the story itself. It’s just a ploy to get you mad at the government for something that happens everywhere.

MashPotato November 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Yes, it does. Government roads are like ugly children. We have no idea how terrible they are because they’re the only ones we have.

Roundabouts are safer and more efficient than intersections. But traffic lights are great moneymakers for the state, so roundabouts aren’t even considered an option.

I’m not saying every intersection should be replaced with a roundabout. I’m just saying that if roads were paid for voluntarily by the people who need them, they’ll be cheaper, safer, and will better serve those who use them. A road-building company has more at stake if accidents happen frequently on their roads.

But you’re going to pay your traffic ticket and buy new cars with thirty airbags, because the state provides everything to us, and keeps us safe from ourselves.

CNSYD November 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Where do you buy that stuff you smoke? Ever heard of ROAD TAX?

MashPotato November 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

What happens if you don’t pay the road tax?

CNSYD November 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm

How do you plan on buying gas for your vehicle without paying it?

MashPotato November 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm

That’s the whole point of this. Roads are paid for through mandatory taxes instead of being crowdfunded voluntarily. The first makes a few people in charge of building roads, but everyone has to pay for everyone else’s roads. The second allows more people to participate in the process, and people pay for and maintain the roads they use the most.

They only get away with the gas tax because people have no idea how much it is. They don’t post it at the gas station. People just assume oil companies make all the profits. On average, oil companies make 7-10 cents per gallon, but the federal gas tax is 19.5 cents per gallon, and between 10-35 cents depending on the state.

Why do you insist that the only way it’s been tried is the only way possible? Do you not like options? Do you not want cheaper, safer, more efficient roads?

TontoBubbaGoldstein November 24, 2013 at 9:29 am

How do you plan on buying gas for your vehicle without paying it [Gasoline tax]?

TBG was thinking of becoming a farmer.

Jackie Chiles November 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

“Roundabouts are safer and more efficient than intersections. But traffic lights are great moneymakers for the state, so roundabouts aren’t even considered an option.”

You have no clue what you’re talking about. Roundabouts are popping up all over the place. Right now, the feds are only offering funding for roundabouts in certain locations across the state.

Slartibartfast November 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm

You’re both right. The only thing that separates you two are that these ideas should be voluntary. Why are you arguing?

Thomas November 24, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Speaking of private road building contractors, our once locally owned Sloan Construction, the guys who repave our roads, are now owned by a French government subsidized conglomerate. Our tax dollars are going to France.

Slartibartfast November 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Indeed. South Carolina used to have the best highways in the States. Then the Feds decided to impose the War on Poverty and we haven’t been able to afford either, since. Toll roads would solve the problem – you’re right – but some jackass would say that the poor wouldn’t be able to ride on the roads, or that free roads are a civil right, so that’ll never be allowed.

Kel Champlin November 24, 2013 at 12:39 am

No… Actually, the story is “The SC Highway Patrol…” instead of “the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office….” Unfortunately, Mr. Chiles, until you have actually LOOKED at the Jasper County School District, and the associated Jasper County Council, you have NO information about this area. Time for some research!!!!!

Pay Me! November 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Don’t forget Wal-Mart employees are on government doles. Ta-Da!

Walter-White November 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

I guess you missed the story about $100,000 that was embezzled from a Beaufort church run private school. Oh that’s right, they didn’t press charges. Just said a prayer and closed the school.

CNSYD November 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

You lie! This never happens in non-government-run schools! They are as pure as the driven snow.

Smirks November 22, 2013 at 11:32 am

Hopefully it wasn’t a chemistry teacher that did the embezzling.

Nölff November 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

Good gravy. Here we go again. Those damn govt. run schools… brainwashing children and turning them into communists.

CNSYD November 22, 2013 at 11:59 am

Since Sic Willie attended at least one government-run school (USC), are you saying he is a communist?

Nölff November 22, 2013 at 12:07 pm

He could be a Russian spy. It’s possible.
It’s a good cover.

TontoBubbaGoldstein November 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

“watch him folks ’cause he’s a thouroughly dangerous man
well you may not know it but this man’s a spy
he’s an undercover agent for the FBI
and he’s been sent down here to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan
I said would you beleive this man has gone as far
as tearin’ Wallace stickers off the bumpers of cars
and he voted for George McGoveren for president
well he’s a friend of them long-haired hippie type pinko fags
I betcha he’s even got a Commie flag
Tacked up on the wall inside of his garage
he’s a snake in the grass I tell ya guys
he may look dumb but that’s jus a disguise
he’s a mastermind in the ways of espionage”
–Charlie Daniels

EJB November 25, 2013 at 7:20 am

“reached out and kicked ole green teeth right in the knees” is my favorite line.

TontoBubbaGoldstein November 25, 2013 at 8:44 am

TBG is partial to, “I ain’t even got a garage…you can call home and ask my wife!” Great song.

Kel Champlin November 24, 2013 at 12:44 am

Not all of them. There are some kids who have a modicum of common sense….

Gillon November 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I guess should the bad guys eventually regain the upper hand in Iraq and Afghanistan (as they did in Vietnam) , FITS headline will be “Government-Run Military Loses Another War”

TontoBubbaGoldstein November 24, 2013 at 9:15 am

“War is just another government program.”
–Joseph Sobran

jimlewisowb November 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Maybe it is just the time of day but it seems to me that every time stories are published about hundreds of thousands up to millions of tax dollars walking out the back door they are followed up with stories of someone being busted for walking away with a few thousand bucks

Logic tells me it should be easier to stomp the shit out of a big fat ass cockroach loaded down on all eight knees with booty than geting off a good blow to the head of a small ass cockroach with little more than the shirt on their back

SteviefromLevy November 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Big cockroaches apparently are much harder to catch in this part of the state! SLED has been “investigating” this school district for 7 plus years with no resolution.

Just glad somebody is doing something.

nitrat November 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm

This ‘government-run school’ talking point crap is getting old.
Especially since what you support is government supported via tax credit/voucher crony capitalism schools.
You people are really good at stirring up your moronic base and, as more and more studies surface showing charters and private schools are not one bit better than the public schools, you’re getting just a trifle desperate.

Cliff November 23, 2013 at 8:02 am

Clearly you hate conservatives. Tea Party people. People that disagree with you. People that don’t believe is free government spending.
Is there anyone you don’t hate?

nitrat November 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I don’t hate people who disagree with me. But, by God, I hate fascists, particularly the kind who call themselves good free market Christians.

From Sinclair Lewis 1935 – 1935 – novel ‘It Can’t Happen Here’: “But he saw too that in America the struggle was befogged by the fact that the worst Fascists were they who disowned the word ‘Fascism’ and preached enslavement to Capitalism under the style of Constitutional and Traditional Native American Liberty.”
Does that old quote not describe the TEAvangelicals?
Cliff, since I learned that Karl Rove’s favorite tactic is having a politician attack his opponent for what he is doing himself, I recognize that pretty much anytime you people accuse someone of something, it’s because you are describing yourself. Therefore, it’s likely you are the one who can’t deal with anyone disagreeing with you and are consumed with hate and the anger that usually goes along with it.

Kel Champlin November 24, 2013 at 12:53 am

Grins… I’m not a Christian… Not a “Fascist”, not a “Teavangelical”. I’m a Pagan mother of a 15 year old boy in the local public school district.
AND a former reporter.
Dude. Wake the hell up. Not everything is about Democrat and Republican. Start researching what is actually happening on a basic political level in this county, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
If you don’t feel the need to do research? Shut the hell up about this subject.

Kel Champlin November 24, 2013 at 12:46 am

Until you have a kid in this district? You have NOTHING to say…..

TontoBubbaGoldstein November 24, 2013 at 9:37 am

You people…

Sure, Nit.

Blame it on the Native Americans, the Scots-Irish and the Jooooooooooos.


johnq November 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm


Corporate run, bought and paid for website FITS News full of shit.

This place is turning into more of a fucking joke every day. Will Folks either needs to switch to sports or get someone else to run his website for him. At least the Mace whore was coherent in her bought and paid for rants. Folks is just plain ignorant.

Kel Champlin November 24, 2013 at 12:45 am

Yup. Just like the liberal crap that you just dished out. Get over it. There are very few news orgs willing to carry info like this. You don’t like it? Go somewhere else.

BIN News November 22, 2013 at 8:33 pm

This blowwwviated claptrap anti-public-school cr@p from the m@r@n who was busted for illegally joy riding in a red’vette while working as mouth piece for markie Sanfraud.

Bust the crook. Leave the school district alone as it tries to help all kids.

Holding Ace Cards November 23, 2013 at 12:21 am

You would be shocked to know what goes on inside the Charleston County School District. It will come out in due time. The building division is … .. fraud and kickbacks going on me thinks.

Queen Jean November 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm

This Jasper County is 99.4 % Democrat and therefore, it’s all okay. And So Ordered! Because I said so. Isn’t that right, Vinny?

TontoBubbaGoldstein November 24, 2013 at 9:26 am


Is that the one that can be cured by Penicillin, or the one where you forget your squaw’s/old lady’s/JAP’s name?

*Asks innocently*

idiotwind November 25, 2013 at 11:02 am

“SC-government run”? they probably should be taken over by someone, anyone, but that has not happened yet.

Ted E Bear November 28, 2013 at 10:09 am

“cannot be located”. ????? Dey all up on ebay, fool


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