Students in Goose Creek to receive payments in drug raid settlement

(Charleston-AP) July 11, 2006 - A federal judge in Charleston has approved a class action settlement from the lawsuit that followed a police drug raid at Stratford High School in Goose Creek.

Students who were searched during the 2003 raid are eligible for between $6,000 and $12,000 each.

US District Judge Patrick Michael Duffy approved the settlement Monday in a lawsuit against the Berkeley County School District and the Goose Creek Police Department by families of students affected by the raid.

Surveillance videotapes captured the raid in which officers drew their guns, ordered students to lie on the floor and used a dog to search them for illegal drugs.

Police found no drugs and no arrests were made. About 140 students were at the school at the time.

Posted 11:56am by Chantelle Janelle