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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Students Caught in Plot to Humiliate Mentally Challenged Girl at Homecoming

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM

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Randy George, superintendent of the Meramec Valley R-III School District, says that a number of students have been identified and punished over the incident. Discipline is up to ten days suspension and exclusion from any homecoming activities. He won't say precisely how many kids have been identified as plotters, since the investigation has not concluded.

"It's more than one, I'll put it that way. It's several," he says.

He says while initial reports said that the Tanner's daughter had been elected by a "landslide" in reality she'd gotten about 35 percent of the vote from her class. And he says there's been no evidence in the school's investigation that anyone was planning to egg or quack at the girl.

"I don't know where these rumors came about the egg throwing," he says. "We have nothing to go with on that one."

Reached by email, Tonya Tanner says the egging story may have been true, but no one was caught with concrete proof that they planned to do such a thing. She also released the following statement:

From the Tanner Family: We wanted to let everyone know that we appreciate their support during this difficult time. The school has assured us that the guilty parties in this tragic occurrence have been disciplined and will continue to be disciplined as the investigation into the incident is ongoing, and they are working with us to make sure that our daughter and the other students attending Pacific High School are happy and safe. Our daughter did attend school today. She felt that it was a good first day back. Our daughter has asked us to tell you to continue to pray for her and her family, and the kids that have to live with what they have done. She is sure they are sorry, she forgives them and she hopes everyone else will forgive them too. We will not be asking the school or others for any further punishment for the kids involved with attempting to hurt our daughter. We would rather have the community, parents, and school embrace this opportunity to mentor all of these kids, teach them about compassion, and guide them into being happy, caring adults. As apart of the healing process for our daughter and the other students she has decided to participate in the homecoming festivities. The superintendent and police chief have assured us that every precaution will be in place to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all of the students, including our child.

'Tis the season for this kind of horrible shit, apparently. Here's another terrible story in Michigan that almost drove the girl to suicide.

It's not all bad. The Tanners' daughter has been receiving offers of a dress and hair services for the event via Facebook, even a crown and sash from the Miss Stars of the Universe pageant. This is one of the most recent posts from Rickie Lee Tanner's Facebook page:

Small step for man-kind here in Tanner world. We finally had 1 child from my daughter's school come to see her just to see if she is ok and offer her support. First friend visit for her in 5+ years. Doesn't seem like much but from our point of view it feels pretty good.

We'll just go ahead and assume that probably goes further than a comped manicure.

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