As television news trucks rolled into town last week, many in Charlton County were shocked to learn about their reason for being here.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Julie Hall last week.. “I mean you hear about it happening some place else, but not here.”
The Homeland resident was reacting to the news that a Charlton County High School teacher had been arrested and charged with seven counts of sexual assault for allegedly having sex with students aged 15 and 16.
“I know it happens with teachers — I’ve seen it on the news,” said one county resident who declined to be identified. “Have you ever heard of it being with seven students? I never have.”
Many expressed concern about the students, but others wondered — because the case involved a female teacher and male students — if the victims were actually willing participants.
“There have been comments around the community about the boys’ participation,” said a source close to the investigation, who also asked not to be identified. “Everyone needs to remember they are victims of a crime. The law is very specific. There’s no telling what effect this could have on them years from now.”