Parents say teen was threatened with noose inside high school
CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. —
The parents of a Catawba County teenager say she was threatened with a noose inside her high school.
“She was definitely scared,” Ray Parks, the girl’s father, said.
Parks and his wife said they knew something was wrong when their 14-year-old daughter told them Monday night she no longer wanted to attend Fred T. Foard High School in Catawba County. It was then that they learned some white students had approached her with a noose, telling her it was made for her.
“It was brought into the school and she also told us it could fit around her neck,” Parks said. “So that draws up a lot of concern.”
The superintendent, Glenn Barger, said he didn’t know about the incident until Eyewitness News told him. He immediately called the principal and visited the school Tuesday afternoon.
“They have identified the students who had the hangman's noose and showed it to a female student at the school,” Barger said.
The students involved claimed it was a joke, and the 14-year-old initially told the school she didn’t feel threatened, but an investigation by both the district and the Sheriff's Office is under way.
“It is a very serious accusation that has been made here -- one that will not be taken lightly at all,” Barger said.
The superintendent said the incident could fall under a form of bullying. If the investigations find that is what happened, the district has guidelines that will be followed. The most severe punishment is expulsion.
The district is also looking into why the parents weren't notified after the incident.
Parks said he has already contacted the Sheriff’s Office about possible criminal charges.
“She's scared, and that’s why we are going to stick with what we are going to do, because children should not be afraid to go to school,” he said.