Board 1 Chairman charged with unlawful act toward a child

by | November 1, 2017 7:16 pm

Last Updated: November 1, 2017 at 7:21 pm

The chairman of the Clarendon School District 1 Board of Trustees was charged last week after an 8-year-old boy told authorities the man hit him with a belt on his body.
Tony Junious of Summerton is charged with unlawful act toward a child, a felony in South Carolina, according to reports. Junious is reportedly the boy’s adopted father.
Documents show that Junious was arrested on warrants last week and turned himself into the Clarendon County Detention Center the same day. Bond information was not immediately available Wednesday night.
Junious has served as an elected member of the Clarendon School District 1 Board of Trustees at various times since the early 2000s. He left the board after two terms in 2008 to join Summerton Town Council. Records are unclear as to when he joined the board, but he was again an elected member after the November 2014 general election.
Clarendon 1’s board is comprised of five elected members and four appointed members. The latter members are chosen by the Clarendon County School Board for staggered four-year terms.

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  1. Comment by Heather

    November 1, 2017 at 20:12

    So it’s against the law to hit a kid with a belt??? Your own child?

  2. Comment by Pastor Pam

    November 1, 2017 at 20:22

    REALLY ITS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ABUSE AND CHASTISMENT. I KNOW THIS MAN NO WAY IN MO MEANS HE WOULD HARM A CHILD. THIS MAN IS A GREAT MAN OF GOD HIM AND HIS FAMILY.

  3. Comment by C. Williams

    November 1, 2017 at 20:26

    Maybe if more people would spank their kids with a belt, we wouldn’t have the problems we have in our schools!

  4. Comment by Stasha

    November 1, 2017 at 21:02

    This don’t make no sense the law is crazy

  5. Comment by Chile please

    November 1, 2017 at 21:08

    I know for a fact that adopted kids are difficult because they have been sheltered by a f’ed up system. Then they learn , i can do what i want and if you touch, punish or tell me no imma tell them you hit me so i cam go to another location that lets me do what i want. I feel for this man. He prolly the only person to care, disclipine, and place structure on this child and the jacked up laws is finna assist in ruining this kids chance of being a decent adult. Big difference in abuse and punishment

  6. Comment by Nonsense

    November 1, 2017 at 22:27

    I’ve known this man for many years, many of those years where personal so I feel that I do know him well enough to say that I can’t see this man abusing a child. Discipline YES! I have 3 children that he welcomed into his life like they were his own. Even bought my daughter a pageant dress for over $600 just so she could feel special. He took my kids on many trips, never excluding them. He made sure they were taken care of and loved. Saying those lil details to give a real description of who he really is. And through all those years not once did he ever spank my children or put is hands on them in any negative way. All 3 of my children who are grown today would stand up and vouch for this man without even second guessing it. Keep you head up Tony.

  7. Comment by Ruthe

    November 1, 2017 at 22:28

    You’re kidding, right? Since when is spanking your child a felony? The Bible in the book of Proverbs 13:24 says, “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.” When did we decide that we are smarter than God and His Word does not apply to us today?

  8. Comment by Lady Sebrina Johnson

    November 1, 2017 at 23:07

    This man has been nothing but a support to our community, school board, and ministry. Mr. Junious would help anyone he can, and stand-up for what is right.I don’t believe this is what our criminal system is doing now; locking up men for disciplining their children. I can’t blame the criminal system because if enough evidence is against a person they have to do their job. However, I do say shame on the social worker, case manager, and or school authorized officials who concocted this story only to find out later they made a mistake again.
    Since this young child knows he can’t be touched by his parents I guess we will be reading about him in headlines in a few years which wouldn’t be pretty. This is the thanks Mr. Tony gets for providing a structured family to a child in need. Now his biological kids have to be without their father; so sad. What the devil meant for evil God will let it work out for your good. We are praying with, and for him and his family.Such lovely people.

  9. Comment by Bless it.

    November 1, 2017 at 23:26

    Oh, my great goodness. Would you please give me a break!? “He hit the child with a belt on their body.” Really? If more parents stepped up and exerting the energy necessary to use a belt, less children would be behind bars. This is absurd. Sorry for this luck, Tony. This too shall pass.

  10. Comment by J

    November 1, 2017 at 23:41

    You telling me that disciplining your child is an unlawful act towards a child?? And a felony? Come on now. He was parenting his child so that the kid wouldn’t end up on a path into the system. Now our children can disarm our duties to be stern parents with accusations. Your community will support you while you fight this unfortunate event.

  11. Comment by Crystal

    November 2, 2017 at 01:38

    So you mean to tell me we can’t beat our own kids and then people wonder why these kids are out of control smfh

  12. Comment by Catina

    November 2, 2017 at 06:02

    This is a shame. We can’t discipline our own kids. Thank God all my grown cause I would of been in jail.

  13. Comment by Barbara

    November 2, 2017 at 06:13

    I know Tony but if he is wrong then he is just wrong. Is anyone gonna look at it from the child’s side? I believe in using spanking to discipline but not to the point where you leave bruises and marks. From what I was told this child was a foster child. I don’t know the history but it can’t be good if he or she was put in foster care from the start. So why would he beat a child to that point knowing they background? Suppose this child came from a abusive home. Can u see how that could mess that child up? Kids are put in foster care to get away from abuse not put back in it. That is just sad to me and bad judgement on his part. Plus people been saying he got those foster kids just for the money. I don’t think he is that bad but If that is true then that is just is sad to. Bottom line he shoulda use another way to punish that foster child if they did something wrong. Especially since that not his biological child. Sorry if y’all don’t agree but this just my opinion

  14. Comment by Really?!

    November 2, 2017 at 08:17

    When bruises are left from a spanking that is abuse!
    Parents are able to discipline their children, but not to the point to where marks/bruises are left. Law Enforcement would not arrest someone for just spanking a child with a belt, OBVIOUSLEY there is more to it.

  15. Comment by Concerned reader

    November 2, 2017 at 08:36

    I’m appalled that so many people are defending someone who beat a child. There is a big difference between discipline and abuse. No one gets arrested for using age-appropriate discipline on their children. However, they should be arrested for beating their children. Would there be this much outrage if the victim had been an adult? Why do you feel that it’s okay to beat a defenseless child? Children are not property that you can mistreat just because they’re yours. Children depend on adults to protect them from harm. All of us need to take action to help children being abused, not defend the abuser.

  16. Comment by Tammy Johnson

    November 2, 2017 at 08:51

    I’ll put in on this man’s bail because what he did was not wrong

  17. Comment by Dont worry about it

    November 2, 2017 at 09:17

    I SMELL A RAT! SOMEONE IS JEALOUS OF THIS NICE MAN AND TRYING TO RUIN HIM. THIS IS A SET UP AND A JUDGE WILL SEE RIGHT THROUGH IT I AM SURE. MEANWHILE HIS FACE IS PLASTERED ON THE NEWS. SO WHEN THIS ALL GETS DROPPED I HOPE THEIR WILL BE A FOLLOW UP REPORT SO THE PUBLIC WILL KNOW HE DID NOTHING WRONG. HE SPANKED HIS CHILD AND WHETHER OR NOT THE CHILD IS ADOPTED IS NOT REVALANT. I GOT PLENTY OF SPANKINGS GROWING UP AND THEY ALL LEFT MARKS. THIS IS A BUNCH ON NONSENSE. I HOPE IF MR JUNIOUS FINDS OUT WHO IS DOING THIS TO HIM HE WILL FILE CHARGES FOR SLANDER. THAT IS WHAT THIS IS PURE AND SIMPLE.

  18. Comment by Just My Two Cents

    November 2, 2017 at 10:46

    Beating a child and leaving bruises is not typical chastisement for children. You can reprimand your child with a spanking, but not to the extent of leaving markings and welps on them. If he is innocent, he will be found so after an investigation. Just because we think we know some people, we want to believe the best about them. I’m not surprised by anyone’s actions these days, just because I think I know them oh so well.

  19. Comment by Roberta Fordham

    November 2, 2017 at 11:09

    I was in the store to other and a child called their mom a bi—. The mom said u don’t say that its a bad word. I just stood there looked at my grandchildren and said try it and i will take you out. The is trying to take the control out of the parents hand then when the kids mess up they want to blame the parents. This is why i congratulate mr.Junious. You rise your child to the best you can. Spare the rod spoil the child. And tge sad the is most of the people the work for the system don’t have no kids but thet want to tell you how to rise yours.

  20. Comment by R U SERIOUS

    November 2, 2017 at 12:01

    If I spank a child and the skin color is light etc of course u will see a bruise doesn’t mean it’s abuse. Someone is trying to destroy this man this is sad. Ur right the judge will see right thru this.

  21. Comment by Kathy Murdock

    November 2, 2017 at 13:08

    Half the problems in society today are due to no discipline in school or at home. I am totally against abuse and beatings but a lick or two on the buttocks never did any harm. Children are taught to report because of the handful of abusers and then the good are reported for the slightest things and reputations ruined. How many of the law enforcers and law makers got a good old fashioned spanking? My heart goes out to this good man probably trying to do a good job.Now if he beat this child then shame on him.

  22. Comment by Donna P

    November 2, 2017 at 13:29

    I don’t personally know Mr. Junious but I do know him by his impeccable reputation. As the mother of 5 children, I can honestly say that the form of discipline needed is as individual as the child. One of our daughters only required a disappointing look, one required scolding, and one required a belt. Our two sons were the same with one requiring restriction and one requiring a belt. All five are now grown adults and have never been in an ounce of trouble. The couple of times that a belt was warranted, the behavior was never repeated.

    That being said, the punishment was equal to the offense. Of course, using corporal punishment was a last resort and only when warranted. My kids KNEW that if I ever got a call from school that their souls belonged to God but their butts belonged to me!!!

    We wonder what is wrong with our younger generation…as a former educator, I could tell you stories that would blow your mind. If more parents did their jobs and disciplined their kids, I can assure you that schools, communities and society in general would be better. Let parents do their job disciplining their kids and leave law enforcement for the kids that parents didn’t discipline!! Those kids will probably be in the prison system one day. Sadly….

  23. Comment by It is what it is

    November 2, 2017 at 13:41

    I don’t go along with slap are punching children. However if they are out of line then they should get a few licks across their butt. Also if you are upset about something you should never touch a child in angry. We don’t know all the details.

  24. Comment by peggy

    November 2, 2017 at 14:07

    to one that said he got kids for money I hope you don.t have kids you sound like you don.t like him but if you need help all you have to do is call him he will be there if that .s all you have to say and don.t say anything because I know him from a litter boy . where I live some of these kids 7and 8 smoke drink when ask about it they look the mother in eye lie so sometime you can.t belive everything they told you .they will do thing to make you look stupt so I feel sorrie for you to say that i.m going pray for you and your family

  25. Comment by Megan

    November 2, 2017 at 17:40

    I think everyone needs to look up the definition of unlawful act of a child before you make assumptions and praise this man.

    “To do or cause to be done unlawfully or maliciously any bodily harm to the child so that the life or health of a child is endangered or likely to be endangered… ”

    Doesn’t sound like an innocent man trying to help someone to me… and if law enforcement had enough to take the judge and the judge saw enough to sign the warrant, maybe we should take a step back and give the kid the benefit of the doubt. A lot of “wonderful community people” do horrendous things. Nobody knows what happens behind closed doors.

  26. Comment by peggy

    November 2, 2017 at 18:01

    that.s beause you don.t know him the sound of a person and to know him is better then the sound

  27. Comment by Call it how it is.

    November 2, 2017 at 19:09

    I see a lot of comments on here about chastising a child. I would have to agree if you spare the rod you spoil the child. Now some of you are not understanding maybe because of your personal experiences with Tony, but that child is adopted. If he was getting paid by the state to take care of them, the state have guidelines in which he must follow. If charges were filed it was because there were signs of abuse. I know a lot of you want to come to his defense that’s understandable, but look at that child as one of your own. Which one of you would let someone beat your child and leave he/she bruised up. Must of you would flip out and be ready to take his head off. We don’t know what happened that day or night one can only speculate. Until DSS is done with it’s investigation we want know. All we do know is that he has been charged with a crime a serious crime at that. I don’t think it’s about people being after him if he’s a good man or a bad one. This is about the actions he took towards a minor. I was always told trouble is easy to get into and hard to get out of. As a parent this does concerns me a lot because if he was wrong how is he on the School board. At the same time if this is a misunderstanding this could destroy his reputation and his service to the Board. But by all means if this man ain’t no saint and he did abuse that child,then in my opinion my opinion only he should get whats coming to him.

  28. Comment by peggy

    November 2, 2017 at 19:33

    how do you know it is a beuised the item said hit with a belt. don.t tell me that you never was hit belt back in the day it used to be with a fry pan or pot or what ever

  29. Comment by Micheal Richburg

    November 2, 2017 at 22:48

    It’s always to sides to every story. When I was young I got major whippings with what ever my mom/dad/grandparents/brothers/ or sisters could find quick enough to end my undiscipline actions. I’m a better man to this day. I thank GOD for those corrections. One major problem in our society is that these kids have no respect or discipline. Why, because the gives them an outlet. If anyone of of my kids ever look at me sideways, they know, I will call 911 after putting them to sleep and packing there bags. We as parents can’t be friends with this new generation. Only good role models

  30. Comment by Call it how it is.

    November 2, 2017 at 23:27

    THAT CHILD IS A WARD OF THE STATE. THAT CHILD IS STATE PROPERTY IT’S A FELONY IF YOU HIT WHAT THE STATE OWNS. IT’S A FELONY TO ASSAULT A STATE OFFICIAL OR A POLICEMAN. BY THE CHILD BEING STATE PROPERTY IT’S A FELONY. POINT BLANK. DON’T BELIEVE ME GO HIT A STATE OFFICIAL WITH A BELT SEE WHAT CHARGES COME UP.

  31. Comment by "call it how it is"

    November 3, 2017 at 15:10

    The pure ignorance of these comments is disgusting. To “Call it how it is”, that child is not a “ward of the state”, That is a PERSON (not property) and that is this man’s CHILD. And to the rest that are condoning this man’s behavior, I pray that you do not discipline your children the same way, and if you do I pray you get a felony charge also.

  32. Comment by Call it how it is.

    November 3, 2017 at 16:18

    So he’s the child biological father is that what your saying. Was putting it in the terms of how the law see it. So children in foster care are not wards of the STATE. My point was a legal one I understand were your coming from about the child is not PROPERTY but in legal terms they are wards of the STATE. No this behavior by this man is unacceptable and yes he should be punished. “Call it how it is”.

  33. Comment by info

    November 3, 2017 at 19:36

    The child in question was one of his 5 adopted children.

  34. Comment by David Tyler

    November 3, 2017 at 19:44

    Well seems like another Adrian Peterson story. This is sad. Children should not be whipped or hit. There are so many other ways to discipline children. You can ground them and take things away. But beating children can make them more angrier causing other problems socially and emotionally. I feel bad for the kid.

  35. Comment by DSS ADMIN

    November 7, 2017 at 07:38

    That man beat on them kids they had bruises the kids names was hayden fout and jordan fout he hit on them he shall be in jail.

  36. Comment by What a joke!

    November 7, 2017 at 08:01

    My father would have been on death row if he had been called up on every charge of spanking!! That was the discipline in my house growing up and you can bet, it worked. It kept me walking the chalk line that my dad drew and he worked in law enforcement! This is total non-sense!

  37. Comment by One of a kind

    November 9, 2017 at 18:05

    Kids need to get their asses beat now and days. Kids are terrible n so out of control now cause parents spoil the rod n support them when they know they in the wrong then when that kid do some bad the parents act like they so hurt n shocked. I beat my daughter n son when they acted up n they turned out to be successful. A lot of parents are gonna be butt hurt in the near future simply because they spoil the rod and don’t have good relationships wit they kids n they don’t know how to raise them. Somebody tryna set up Junious. He would neva hurt a kid on purpose. All these bad ass kids like Lorenzo and some of those kids that graduated and others do damn wild n out of control right now. A lot of parents gonna be butt hurt in the near future.

  38. Comment by Joe

    November 9, 2017 at 18:20

    The sad thing is that Wilder and Harris were the main ones that supported some of these bad ass so call Golden Children that have came through n graduated n in the school now n they were in these school systems showing much favoritism n it was obvious. N that lady need to find Lorenzo some help actin like it’s the school it’s him. A lot of parents are gonna be butt hurt in the future that’s all I’m sayin. If you act up then you deserve to get ya ass cut. I used to make my son take all his clothes off n cut his butt when he acted up. If it hit him in his lil dick and his lil balls so beat it. Wherever that belt landed. Same wit my daughter. Bet u they good successful people

  39. Comment by Mary

    November 9, 2017 at 18:46

    That’s right. I used to beat son butt and he knew if I get a call or I had to take out from my job he was gonna get it. My grandparents used to beat me and siblings butts with and with out clothes sometimes they’ll catch u when u least expect it. N u bet not cry. If u cry u getting it even worst. I use to make my son pull his pants and draws down. I told him if it him in his lil nut sack then oh well. Yo lil balls prolly aint even split yet. I would say you don’t need nuts anyways a lesser chance for child support. In saying that Tony didn’t do nun wrong. A lot of us got bruises from whippings. I would be crazy to let a kid embarrass me and talk back to me and miss time from work for him. if I pushed you out of me and you my son you gonna do right or else. somebody need to put a petition up.

  40. Comment by Fostermom

    November 10, 2017 at 16:31

    These kids have been in the fostercare system for more than 4 years these siblings were taken from homes of people who loved them and wanted to adopt them and then were systematically sent to SC to a family they never met and never seen before just because they agreed to take all three this had to be the most traumatising situation ever but then on top of the trauma they wete all special needs babies which means they were gonna have some serious behavior problems THAT COULD NOT BE SOLVED WITH A BELT im sorry thst these boys had to suffer at the hands of a sytem thats meant to have their best interest at heart NOT WHST ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THEM BABIES IN A FOREIGN STATE/CITY and circumstance

  41. Comment by There’s a god who know it all

    November 10, 2017 at 17:06

    I agree these kids were not treated properly and given the right help. What that bastard Junious did was very wrong n I hope he go to jail for it too. That’s child abuse n to the people that’s supporting his wrong because he is well known in the community that is just straight ridiculous. Hitting n beatings solve nun just more angry kids and worst behavior problems. Then the older they grow up they become even worst.

  42. Comment by Ray

    November 10, 2017 at 18:20

    The brutha is wrong then he wrong n I don’t know him personally. But a child whether its your own or adopted should not have to go through this and take this kind of abuse. My heart goes out to the chern. They need to throw his behind in prison n let them inmates beat up on him. Instead of Tony they gonna call him Tonya. he will know how it feel to get abused then.

  43. Comment by peggy

    November 11, 2017 at 07:43

    I want thank everyone that stand up for tony he was trying to help these foster kids but that’s the thanks he get for helping and to dss they should get every bus that they can get and remove every kids from these home and take them to there home.to dss admin you want say that you never get your ass beat by your parents wow you are one lucky child or parents

  44. Comment by DSS

    November 11, 2017 at 23:16

    These people are ignorant he abused these children and he deserve to pay for it simple as that.

  45. Comment by Nelson

    November 12, 2017 at 11:26

    The only reason why people have Junious back is cause he’s a well known and favorited person in the community. This guy is no where in ny shape or form a saint. I don’t know too much bout the younger ones but he have a older boy and I heard he was not the best well behaved young man either. I’m gon stop right they on that one though. But a belt and and slapping on kids don’t solve nun but no problems. Apparently these kids need real help. N how is that not abuse. The kids got bruises on em. No doubt they took pics. They did the right thang to report this kind of thang ya kno. A lot of kids getting abused for discipline go astray cause you can’t force it on em. With the new generation and millennialist you gotta be patient and talk to em. Kids smart these days. I raise my 18 year old daughter my 17 year old son, and my 17 year old little brother. And I’m in my 40s at that. I don’t beat them or take anything away for that matter. And I ain’t no controllin parent I simply talk to them and they listen. They know right from wrong I let my kids learn from they own mistakes. They world is in they hands as long as they know right from wrong. I don’t have no problems never laid a hand on any one of them. Of course they got in trouble a suspension or two but they learned from it. As a parent I can understand where they coming from. The ol days parents would tear you up but that ain’t the way to go with the new generation. This guy deserves what punishment come to him. It ain’t right to the kids. They need to find the right help. I pray I mean just pray that these become successful people and ain’t gotta take no mo abuse it’s wrong. Imagine if he did this to anyone of y’all chern. Y’all would be ready to throw the back at him. Kids gon be kids. Overprotective and abusive parents are the ones with the worst kids most of the time not the easy going parents.

  46. Comment by Nelson

    November 12, 2017 at 11:44

    Slapping and hitting kids cause more problems. It make em more angrier and give them more reasons not to listen. There are other ways to address behavior then using belts n taking things away. In this case hur these chern need help and many otha ones. Abusive and controllin parents doin mo hurt then right to they chern. I tell my chern I can’t make ya luhsten n I can’t make do what you posed to do. Just don’t disrespect me I’m not gonna touch ya but I can put you out send you to a home. But I would not do that cause I love them too much. I hope them chern grow up to be successful people. This Tony guy need to tut a lesson.

  47. Comment by peggy

    November 12, 2017 at 17:23

    nelson where are you going to send your kids if they disrespect you you said you would send them to a home a home where are you talking about foster home you got be kidding read your comment over because you just say that foster parents are bad and need to be put in jail .as for dss they need check on those who trying to sell they food stamp to other s

  48. Comment by Nelson

    November 12, 2017 at 19:01

    Black folk can’t read. Where did you see I said foster chern need to be in jail. Ya fool I said that children any children with problems need the proper help like psychological help. And ya fool For your information Mrs.Peggy if ya read it it says I wouldn’t send them to a home because I love them too much. When I say home I mean like a boarding school which is a home for that particula time boo. Read before ya try to get all angry. Junious deserves to be punished. If they disrespect me or hit me then i’ll Simply put them out but not beat them up n take things away and try to control they life and abuse them. Lettem fall on they own two feet and get up. I never force them to do homework it’s up to them. I bought and got them everything they want almost. So they have no choice but be good and they are. Three bout to go to college next year when they graduate. My daughter n son and lil brother. Have not been whipped once by me. They did it on they on. The older they got the more they realized what they had want for themselves despite the ups and downs. When they were young they were very mischievous but I lettem been kids. my lil brother even had dyslexia and adhd and behavior problems at a point but look at him now. I took my lil brutha to a psychologist frequent visits plus medicine n therapy and look at him now. And Peggy stop being dumb ya fool wrong is wrong is should have neva came on down to bruises on this little boy body. That is abuse ya fool

  49. Comment by peggy

    November 13, 2017 at 15:49

    well said mrs nelson may god bless you

  50. Comment by Nelson

    November 13, 2017 at 21:29

    I know I’m right. May god bless you too.

  51. Comment by peggy

    November 14, 2017 at 07:50

    what make you feel like you was right because you make your self feel good by calling other people fool. stop putting all of your problem on other that don.t care.

  52. Comment by Nelson

    November 14, 2017 at 20:55

    What problems am I putting on people ya make no kinda sense. You aint worth talking to. The point of the matter is that this old man abused this little boy. And this kid should not have had bruises on his body. So they did the right thing in not letting him get away wit it. BYE BOO!


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