While most of the news from Pickens Middle School has been bad for the past week, last night parents of 6th grade music students got a chance for a light-hearted, fun evening on campus with a beginner band concert.
Here the students show their rhythm to the Hall of the Mountain King. Several parents and staff remarked that it was refreshing to be reminded of the good things going on there.
Superintendent and Sheriff have confidence PCMS is safe for all students
In comments this morning sheriff officials said the continuing investigation of a sexual assault first reported to have occurred at Pickens Middle School has been “broad” since the beginning, but confirmed they are looking at other locations in addition to the school.
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations on the sexual assault that was reported last week. The Pickens County Board of Education and the faculty of Pickens County Middle School have also been very helpful and cooperative throughout this investigation. We want to assure everyone that all available resources have been dedicated to bringing closure to this terrible crime. Our office has dedicated all detectives and additional deputies to ensure the case is thoroughly investigated and the students are safe within the school. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is working closely with our investigators and is taking the lead in this case.
Due to the nature of the crime and the age of the victim, we have asked the Pickens County Board of Education and the Pickens County Middle School to refrain from releasing any information to the media or to the public. We are aware this may be frustrating and appear that information is being withheld, but we want to remind everyone that this is an active investigation and we do not want any information to hinder the investigation. We also want to ensure that we protect the identity of the victim to the best of our ability.
In addition to their cooperation, the staff of the school has been working very hard to take all available steps to ensure that the children are safe. As the case progresses, we will continue to work closely with the Board of Education to provide a safe environment for our children to learn.
As additional updates become available, releases will be provided.
Survey Shows Slight National Decline in Likelihood of Collision
Atlanta, GA., Sept. 30, 2013 – The odds that an individual driver in the United States will crash into a deer during the next year have declined by 4.3 percent. Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, the nation’s leading auto insurer,
calculates the chances of any single American motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months at 1 in 174, compared with 1 in 167 the year before.*
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No clear suspect identified, investigation continuing
Several details have emerged concerning the investigation that is centered at Pickens Middle School after a student says he was sexually assaulted in a bathroom there last week.
In an interview with an Atlanta television station, the father of the student, whose name nor face was shown, indicated the son was in special education.
Neither investigators nor the schools have confirmed any information about the identity of the student. But sources close to the case have acknowledged it has been very complicated compiling a sequence of events based on statements from the student.
The victim has been to two forensic interviews to narrow down when and where the assault took place. Forensic interviews are conducted by specialists when the victims are either juveniles or have mental issues.
Lt. Kris Stancil said Thursday that the sheriff office and schools have both poured all their resources into this investigation and they are drawing from additional resources of the GBI.