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Letter to the Editor

Writer claims School District and Sheriff's Office ignoring threats to student

web posted March 6, 2009
Dear Editor,
Strom Thurmond High School parents beware!  A very dear friend of mine has a daughter who is new to Strom Thurmond high and has unfortunately found herself to be the target of a high school coward.  This coward has attempted to extort money from this young lady and has made a serious threat against her if she doesn't pay.  He has threatened to "tie her up and he and his friends will rape her".

Yes, I said RAPE her.  This was not reported to school authorities immediately.  With the young lady being new to the school and knowing no one, she was intimidated and unsure of what to do.  A couple of incidents and three weeks later she and her parents after much encouragement went to school administrators for help.  I am disappointed to say it was a waste of time.  They questioned the young man who admitted to trying to get money from her but as expected, denied the serious threat.  No further action.  No discipline.  Nothing.  I wonder if this is because the young man is the son of a Parker Elementary School teacher?

This is unacceptable!   How would you feel if this was your daughter?  I know this family and the young lady very well and they are good, honest people.  The young lady is well mannered, beautiful inside and out and has a very bright future ahead of her.  What a shame she has been welcomed to our high school with this incorrigible individual's behavior!   Shame, shame on you Strom Thurmond High administrators for your lackadasical attitude and failure to address this very serious situation with little more than a so called "stern talking to". 

It is my opinion that if it were not for the fact this student is the son of a fellow school official this situation would most certainly have been taken more seriously and at least some sort of disciplinary action would have been taken.  What has to happen to this young lady before the school decides to take this seriously? 

If I were a student or the parent of a student attending Strom Thurmond High School I would be extremely concerned.

Allison Wilson
Editor's note: EdgefieldDaily.com has verified the alleged claims made by the letter writer, victim, and her parents through incident reports and Investigators. The case is currently under investigation. The information provided in the letter represents the views of the writer.

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