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Archive for February, 2012

Mom says daughter sexually assaulted by three classmates, wants school board to take action

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A day after a mom speaks out about the rape of her child another Columbus County mom is speaking out saying the school district did little after her daughter was sexually assaulted by her classmates.

Kim Coston says her 12 year-old daughter was sexually assaulted numerous times at Acme-Delco Middle School back in October. The mom says her daughter was attacked by her fellow classmates. Coston says her daughter had been picked on repeatedly by three boys but then one day the bullying turned into assault while her daughter was in the gymnasium.

“The boys proceeded to touch her breast, grab her in between her legs, to the point that one boy, as she put it, dry humped her to the point where she can feel his personal area, hard and pressed to hers, “said Coston. “Then they just stopped when they got whatever arousal out of it. They turned around and walked away and went on and played.”

Coston says her daughter has not been the same since, adding that she was then bullied by other girls after reporting her attack.

“She attempted suicide,” Coston said. “She has nightmares and is going on medication tomorrow.”

Coston has since moved her daughter to a different school but she’s hoping the Columbus County School Board will change the way it handles victims and their attackers.

“I don’t think it’s right that our kids are going to school with predators even though they’re the same age. The School Board needs to step up and take action,” said Coston. “Take those children out; I don’t care how old they are. Take those children out and make it a safe place for our children.”

WWAY tried contacting the school board today but we were told by one board member that the chairman is the one designated to speak with the media. So far we have not heard back from him.

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Oak Island cuts 3 jobs, looking at more ways to save money

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Council members called a special workshop to amend expenses in the town’s budget and decided to eliminate three jobs effective immediately: urban forester, code enforcement officer and zoning administrator.

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Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The annual late-winter bird count allows backyard birdwatchers to help scientists spot trends in migration patterns, populations, habits and range of birds.

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Mother charged in fight at Ashley High School

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

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Man involved in chase that killed WPD officer sentenced in federal court

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Nearly three years after a Wilmington Police officer was killed in a car chase, a man involved in the chase is sentenced for drug possession and other charges.

Matthew Gerard Hendy, 28, was sentenced in a federal courtroom yesterday to 11 and a half years in prison and five years of supervised release.

On February 8th of 2009, WPD officer Richard Matthews wrecked his car and was killed while responding to a car chase involving Hendy and three others.

According to an investigation, Hendy was part of a drug trafficking organization that was importing high quality marijuana in bulk amounts from Canada to North Carolina.

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