Parent says woods near Glenn Hills invite trouble

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January 4, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---A Glenn Hills High School student is facing rape charges.

16-year-old Delonte Kitchings was arrested yesterday after allegedly threatening, then raping a female student in a wooded area near the school.

One parent talked with News 12 about that wooded area. He says it's bad news because students have easy access to a very isolated place.

At Glenn Hills High School, administrators are working damage control after one of their students, 16-year-old Delonte Kitchings, was arrested and charged with raping a female ninth grader.

"She did have some injuries that were consistent with the story that she had given us," said Lt. Scott Peebles of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Those injuries and her statements suggest a struggle took place--one that she says followed a threatening conversation the two shared inside the gymnasium.

The victim says she was forced outside her school and into the woods to a place that's right across the street from somewhere safe--yet so far away. She says that's where she was attacked, choked, and a place where no one could see her.

"I think it should be fenced off for the kids," dad Lavert Anderson told News 12. "It won't be easy access to the woods, and they just won't be hanging out in there doing whatever they doing."

Lavert has one son at Glenn Hills. He questions why the fence that borders school property suddenly stops, and he says the woods invite trouble.

"I think the school should be coordinating off all the way around, you know? It'll be easy access in too."

He says for their own safety, teens shouldn't be allowed access to the woods.

News 12 made repeated attempts to get a comment from the school principal concerning that fence. He did not return our phone calls.

As for Delonte, he will be charged as an adult, because rape is one of Georgia's "seven deadly sins". If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

This is not the first time rape has been reported at Glenn Hills High School. Two years ago, a 15-year-old female reported she'd been raped in an empty room.

In 2006, there were 72 total reports of sexual assaults or rape in Richmond County. 25 of them happened less than one mile from pre-, elementary, middle, or high schools.