February 3, 2006
A boy posing as a brother manages to get a 14-year-old girl out of class. Columbia County school leaders are investigating this case, trying to figure out how it happened. News 12 is also investigating this.
“We expect whoever’s in charge at that school when someone comes to check a child out early that it be someone that is listed as permitted by the parents to do so,” said Columbia County Superintendent Tommy Price.
That’s what Superintendent Tommy Price says was done right. But one critical step was left out, checking the ID of a boy posing as a student’s brother. That allowed a 17-year-old boy to check out a 14-year-old girl from Greenbrier High School on Monday. The two reportedly got caught in a stairwell together at the Augusta Mall later in the day.
“It turned out that there was probably a scheme there to bypass our procedures,” Price said. “There’s no fool-proof way if somebody’s dead set on manipulating the system and tricking you, but we are encouraging our schools to use caution.”
Price says he used this incident to remind all schools about procedures for checking out students. And he says parents can help by sending a note to school anytime someone like a brother or uncle will pick up their kid.
“Sometimes we’ve got several staff. We probably even have volunteers in some of the schools who on occasion may fill that role,” Price said.
The boy posing as the girl’s brother is 17 years old. No confirmation yet on what school he attends.