The Monster at School

Grandma Kc wrote this on December 3rd, 2015 30 Replies

This is not a happy post but I feel like I have to talk about it.

We are fine. Amara and her family are fine but life at Amara’s school is not fine.

Some of you may have read about it already on Facebook but let me explain what I know. Last Tuesday afternoon, during Thanksgiving week break Jenna, Amara and I were out at the grocery store together. Jenna’s phone rang and as she stood there talking I swear she went green. I was sure something had happened to her Dad. When she got off the call, I think she told me it was the Principal but I know she didn’t want to talk in front of Amara. A few minutes later, her phone rang again and she simply handed it to me and told me to listen. It was a recorded message from the Principal that went out to all parents. I think by the time the recording was done I might have been green. That first call Jenna got was to let her know the robo-call would be going out and that she should prepared to have her phone start blowing up! It did! When things go wrong, people call Jenna and something had certainly gone wrong.

The previous Friday a student went home and told her parents that she had been sexually assaulted after school in the bathroom. We later found out that it was a 9 year old girl. We don’t know who she is and we don’t want to know who she is but our hearts go out to her and her family. The young girl gave a very good description so we are all hopeful that this monster will be caught.

Yesterday the school held two meetings to discuss with parents what had happened and the new measures that are being put in place to insure something like this will never happen to another student. There are new cameras, there will be changes to drop off and pick up. Parents who want to go on campus are still welcomed to do so they just need to go through the office and get a badge first. Theoretically, parents were supposed to do that already – just not at drop off or pick up. Change is hard for all of us but all of these changes are being put in place to protect our children. They don’t have all of the changes figured out yet but are being very proactive and I really felt the Principal was listening hearing the parents as they voiced their concerns. It is just sad that it had to come to this.

When they have this monster in custody, I will update this post. In the meantime, hug your children close. There are just too many bad things going on in our world lately.

Peace

Peace

30 thoughts on “The Monster at School

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    I’m not sure I have the right words to express how sorry I am that evil visited your wonderful school and its precious children. My prayers go out to that brave little girl and her family and to every other family in your school. I hope this monster is caught and justice is served upon him by a jury of his peers. We were glued to our TV sets last night watching coverage of that horrific shooting in CA, and I was thinking of you and hoping you and family were all safe. The US is in a bad space right now – it seems like we are imploding from within as well as trying to avoids hits from afar. I don’t know what the answer is, but it sure seems like we have to make some changes or we are just going to be a nation that self destructs. Give Amara a hug from her NH fans. 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I think we all thought “it can’t happen here” but it did. What happened in San Bernardino was so much worse. 3 days later and they still have streets closed there trying to figure it all out. It is sad and certainly not where I thought the World would be when I was growing up. I will deliver your hugs.

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  2. Joyce

    I feel so badly for this school and for all of the adults who have worked so hard to make it the exemplary building that it is. That dear innocent child; heartbreaking. It seems that these days anything good created is always challenged with someone evil attempting to destroy it. I think the school will be able to oversee things more carefully now, and I have full confidence that the great spirit, generosity and creativity of your school community will overcome this sad incident. You and Jenna are already back in there, putting the smile back on the face of it!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Things will certainly change but I think in the end the spirit of the school will still be there and maybe with all of the parents coming together in concern the school will become even stronger.

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  3. Launna

    Kc, I remember growing up anyone could come into the school at any time… I shudder to think of all the things that probably happened that people never spoke about… I hope that girl is okay, it sickens me to the core… I just don’t understand how people could do that, I guess because I don’t think that way… I am glad they are putting in more security measures…

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I think they will continue to improve all of the security measures and that parents will be involved watching out for the bad guys. I don’t think we were watching for him!

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  4. Olga

    I am horrified by that news–that it could happen in the type of community that your school seems to have built. I am at least thankful that the young girl was empowered enough to go home and tell her parents. I hope to hear that the perpetrator is caught soon.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      One of the things all the moms have been stressing with their kids is how great it was the girl went home and told! But they also encouraged the kids not to wait to get home — tell the first adult on campus they can find! And to not be afraid to scream! Preferably swear words at the top of their lungs. It will get someone’s attention fast!

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  5. Barb

    I shudder to read this. One of my granddaughters is 9 – I just can’t imagine such violation of a child. It is news no parent, grandparent, or decent person wants to hear. I hope the perpetrator is caught readily.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is nothing short of horrific and it is scary. School is supposed to be a safe haven and while the school is doing everything in their power parents and kids are still scared. This weekend will bring some much needed rest and healing for everybody.

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  6. April

    As another posted, there are no words to express how sorry I am that such a horrible thing happened to that young girl…and to Amara’s school. It is amazing that she was able to go home and tell her parents what happened and to give such a good description. Very brave young girl! I do not understand how such evil can exist in this world. I hope they catch this monster quickly! I am glad the school is responding to the concerns of parents and making changes to keep the children safe, but sorry it has to be done. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Love you

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Well at least Santiago is such a strong school and that things are being done. I am sure there are a lot of schools out there where the staff is not as caring and the parents aren’t as involved. At least everyone is rallying to find a way to make life on campus just as fulfilling but a whole lot safer. It is sad it has to come to this but… Love you too!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I really debated whether to write about it or not and I’m glad I did. Sometimes talking about things makes them easier to deal with. I can’t wait until the time comes that I can update this with — they got the guy! Soon I hope.

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  7. Sandy

    I cannot comprehend how anyone could do something like this to a child. Obviously a person with a very sick mind. My thoughts go out to the little girl and her family. And as strange as it sounds, to the monster as well. Who knows what he has gone through to make him into a monster in the first place. He needs professional help – or possibly to be in prison to prevent this from happening to another child.

    I know this has rocked the school and it’s ‘family’ to the core, but this kind of thing can make us stronger and wiser. Most of the time, good things come from very bad events. I hope this will be one of those times. Hugs to all.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I think it is impossible for you or I to understand how someone could do such a thing. I hope they find him and that not only do they imprison him where he can’t hurt another child but that they give him help. You have to think that someone like that has a lot of issues that need to be addressed.

      As for Santiago, I do think we will just come out of it stronger and wiser and certainly safer! Hopefully it will encourage more parents to join the PTA so that they can be involved behind the scenes with all the fun!

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  8. Lux

    My heart goes out to the victim and her loved ones. I’m sure they feel terrible for her and helpless.
    Why are there monstrous people out there? That has always bugged me. Why are some people so evil that they don’t think about the result of their deed. I really hope the monster will be caught and that these measures will surely help so it won’t happen again.

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  9. Lisa at Grandma's Briefs

    I apologize for commenting so late. This is horrible. And frightening. That poor child. I hope by now the offender has been apprehended and will receive punishment to the full extent of the law. Still, it won’t be enough. No sufficient words for such abomination. Again, that poor child who has been scarred for life.

    My thoughts and prayers are with your school in hopes others were not molested and remained silent… and that no more are hurt going forward.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      No apology needed, I know that you are in Arizona hugging 3 little boys and having a wonderful time. I wish that I could say that they had arrested the man but that is not the case. There have been some rumors but so far that is all they are, rumors. I can’t help but be frustrated that it is taking so long. There is a District School Board meeting tonight and both Jenna and Amara are planning to speak and to request the District provide a full time permanent District Security Officer. I think hearing it from a student will have a big impact. Hopefully they will capture this guy soon. I promise to update you.

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  10. Pamela Shank

    Oh I am truly sick right now after reading this. I did hear something about it on our news clear across the country. Such a horrible week also. I cannot comprehend something like this. Prayers to everyone and please do let us know when this monster is caught. Our poor school children now, a daily worry about what they may face.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      The school administration, the parents and the students themselves are trying hard to find ways to make the students safer. Jenna and Amara both spoke at the District School Board this week to try and insure we get a permanent safety officer (school police) assigned to our campus. With over 1200 students we need it. There just really aren’t words to express how terrible this is. Thanks for your support and prayers.

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      1. Barb

        Hope this is soon resolved, Kc – children need to feel safe in their learning environment – not fearful of an attack! Hope you and your family have the happiest of holidays. I assume Amara will have a break. My Grandchildren start theirs after school today.

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        1. Grandma Kc Post author

          Fortunately for Amara Jenna spends so much time on campus at school that it gives her a lot more peace of mind than some of the other students. I sure hope they catch him.

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  11. Kristi

    I am so behind on my reading, and just now am learning of this tragedy. My heart goes out to that little girl, and for the entire school community. I hope the perpetrator is found quickly.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Kristi I was way behind in my reading, too so no apologies needed. Sadly they have still not found this monster. I am still hoping that they do before the kids go back to school. It would sure make it easier on them.

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  12. Debra

    So many thoughts and concerns running through my mind right now. I thought it was tough when I was raising my children. How much tougher it is now for our children’s to raise their children.

    Prayers for all!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It really is harder. Simple things like riding her bike to school. In my day it would have been an acceptable distance and it would have been safe. Her Mom has let her walk home from school alone but with friends only once and sh worried the whole time. I hope that someday they catch the Monster but they still haven’t.

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