Letter to the editor

Take lessons from Carolina Forest shooting

December 3, 2012 

Re opinions on Carolina Forest High School student Trevor Varinecz

I have read all the letters that these people have written, and I find it amazing that people are so quick to condemn a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome or any other illness for that matter. If I understand what these people are saying, let’s take their point and expand it to include other illnesses.

What about the old man with Alzheimer’s, how about Down syndrome children or even some weak kids who have to deal with some big bruiser in the school yard and get bullied daily and finally has had enough and lashed back? Do we admonish that kid for striking back at a bully, or do we punish, your son “the bully”? How about the kids that make fun of those kids that are a little different. Where do we stop? I believe there was a man who said something to effect, “Let him without sin cast the first stone.”

I venture a guess that the majority of these good, high-minded citizens know absolutely nothing of the things they’re talking about. But maybe they should ask to accompany their child to some of his or her classes and see what happens in schools and how the smaller kids are treated. If any of these people are unaware of the history of the police departments in Horry County, they just might want to take a closer look. You can start with Myrtle Beach’s own former Police Chief Newton, his department and their late night activities.

I don’t profess to know what happened in Officer Rhodes’ office that day; all I know is that two good people went in and only one came out alive and Officer Rhodes will have to carry that incident with him for the rest of his life.

Like Officer Rhodes and his family, Tom and Karen would like some closure also for that horrific day and if you truly believe that this type of lawsuit has anything to do with money, you’re sadly mistaken. Without this suit, do you really think any changes would been made as to the type of weapons the officers would carry in our public schools? They can now carry Tasers.

Yes, what Trevor did was unlawful and for his actions, had he lived, he would have, and should have, been incarcerated for a long time. Unfortunately that can’t happen now. But had Officer Rhodes been given a Taser, which uses 50,000 volts, which would have been enough to stop Trevor in his tracks and not shot him five times with a Glock, this would have been forgotten a few years ago as was the incident with the Socastee High School student and his pipe bombs.

Until you have lost a child or some other family member in this type of incident, you have absolutely no right to pass judgment on anyone.

These one on one aides who accompany our special children get special training, as do the teachers and administrators, for special needs kids. Everyone get special training, except the officers who are sent there to protect our kids.

Nothing will change anything that happened that awful day, but if we have learned something so it won’t happen again, and we can change our methods so your children will be safer in our schools, be it from a peer student or a stray bullet then maybe we can stop another student from being killed, and if we can do that then we have done our job.

The writer lives in Conway.

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