Lincoln County Mother Says School Leaders Are Failing To Take Claims Of Sexual Harassment, Assault, And Even Death Threats Seriously
LINCOLN CO., N.C. – Tiffany Thomas is going head-to-head with Lincoln County Public Schools. Her battle started Monday. “What brought this all to light was, a teacher heard the boy call my daughter…a ‘dumb a** b****,'” she says.
The boy was sent to detention. Then, Lincolnton Middle School leaders started asking Thomas’s daughter more questions. That’s when the girl told them this: “Over a two month span, he has told my daughter that he was gonna rip her clothes off like a bandaid and rape her in the boy’s bathroom. He brought a pocket knife to school, and took it out of his pocket, and told her he was gonna slash her throat,” says Thomas. And, “He threatened to shoot the school up, and told her he was gonna kill her first,” says Thomas.
It’s all in violation of the student code of conduct. Law enforcement is also investigating. As of Wednesday morning, the boy was still in school, and Thomas says he sexually harassed her daughter, again, in gym class. “While two detectives were on campus,” she says.
Thomas recorded a meeting she had with school leaders Monday. The School Resource Officer (a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy) can be heard telling her and her child: “Right now, it’s just hearsay, and right now, they’re gonna tell you, you don’t have enough (sic) leg to stand on,” as well as, “I’m just telling you, they’re (law enforcement) starting to edge away from that thing (investigating sexual assault/rape) because a lot of innocent people been charged.”
“I think that’s a terrible message to send to someone,” says attorney Chris Adkins. He continues, “It discourages other girls and women from coming forth with their stories.” Adkins says he and Thomas want the district to remove the boy from the school, and get him help. “Do we have to wait for an incident to happen before someone’s gonna take this seriously,” he says.
The Lincoln County School Superintendent sent WCCB a statement Wednesday saying in part, “…in addition to notifying and working with law enforcement, Lincoln County Schools has taken active measures to ensure the safety of all our students. I have also met with the parent to address her concerns first hand.”
Thomas says her daughter didn’t speak up sooner because the boy threatened to kill her. Now, she is hitting this head-on: hiring an attorney, using Facebook to spread the word, and asking WCCB to investigate. Thomas says, “I hope the message I’m sending is to stand up for your children, no matter what.”
Thomas tells WCCB the district has offered to have her daughter change class or even schools. She says the boy should be the one to move. Several students are planning to wear pink on Thursday, in support of the girl. Some are also planning to walk out of school in protest.
More Parents Accuse Lincoln Co. School Leaders of Not Taking Student Safety Seriously; School Board Declines To Comment
LINCOLN CO., N.C. — Still no word from Lincoln County Leaders about the status of an investigation into a student accused of threatening to rape a classmate, shoot up the school, and more.
WCCB Charlotte was at the School Board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night, where members declined to speak with us.
Board member Kirk Herbertson did make a comment on Facebook over the weekend. He defended the student accused of making the threats and claimed the boy has a developmental disorder.
We also learned the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office turned the case over to the Juvenile Justice Office on Tuesday, and they will decide whether criminal charges will be filed.
LINCOLN CO., N.C. – Explosive accusations about a boy at Lincolnton Middle School from the parent of one 12-year-old girl. “He threatened to shoot the school up and told her he was gonna kill her first,” says Tiffany Thomas. She also says, “Over a two month span, he has told my daughter that he was gonna rip her clothes off like a bandaid and rape her in the boy’s bathroom. He brought a pocket knife to school and took it out of his pocket and told her he was gonna slash her throat.”
Thomas’s daughter’s accusations have prompted other parents to speak out about Lincoln County schools. “We contacted the school numerous times, went up there numerous times,” says Ted Russ. He says a boy intentionally injured his daughter at West Lincoln High School, and two other girls have threatened to fight her. Russ tells WCCB, “To this day, we can’t understand why nothing was done.”
Jessica Clark says her daughter told adults at Lincolnton Middle School that she was being bullied. Clark says her daughter had a clean disciplinary record, until she got suspended twice in two weeks because of fights she finally got into with the bully. Clark tells WCCB, “Our kids should be able to feel safe to go to a teacher and say ‘hey this is going on’ and be confident that they’re gonna fix it.”
The common thread: concern about the way the district handles student safety.
Thomas has hired an attorney, Chris Adkins, who on Monday, sent a letter to Dr. Lory Morrow, the district superintendent. Adkins’ letter reads in part, “I am deeply concerned that school administrators do not appear to have taken any legitimate action to investigate or address the actions and threats made against (the student),” and “We all expect you to investigate the matter thoroughly and enforce the consequences you have outlined in your handbook.”
A Lincoln County Education Board member posted a comment on Facebook this weekend, openly discussing the boy’s alleged developmental disorder, as well as writing about the accusations that “nothing can be proved.” WCCB asked the board chairperson, Cathy Davis, if the rest of the board agreed with Kirk Herbertson’s comment. Davis said she cannot speak for the rest of the board and told WCCB, in part, “I am relying on LCS administration and law enforcement to provide the board of education with information that will lead to a resolution.”
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office tells WCCB that as of Sunday, it still had not interviewed the accused boy. Thomas says she told the Sheriff’s Office last Monday about the alleged threats the boy made.
No Criminal Charges for Boy Accused of Threatening to Shoot Up Lincoln Co. School
LINCOLN CO., N.C. – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office tells WCCB in part that, “After reviewing the facts, Juvenile Justice and the District Attorney’s office determined that no charges will be filed,” in the case of a Lincolnton Middle School student accused of sexual harassment, death threats, and more.
Parent Tiffany Thomas says, “Over a two month span, he has told my daughter that he was gonna rip her clothes off like a bandaid and rape her in the boy’s bathroom. He brought a pocket knife to school and took it out of his pocket and told her he was gonna slash her throat,” and, “He threatened to shoot the school up and told her he was gonna kill her first.”
Thomas says she walked out of the Sheriff’s Office after they told her they wouldn’t charge the boy. She told WCCB on Thursday, “Including my child, two other children had also heard the boy in question make the threats and they admitted that to the detectives, but they still found that was just not enough to press criminal charges. Because the boy didn’t admit it.”
Meanwhile, we are learning more about past accusations made against the Lincolnton Middle School resource officer, who Thomas recorded saying to her and her daughter: “Right now, it’s just hearsay and right now, they’re gonna tell you, you don’t have enough leg to stand on,” and, “I’m just telling you, they’re (law enforcement) starting to edge away from that thing (investigating sexual assault/rape) because a lot of innocent people been charged.”
The school resource officer’s name is Tim Jamison. Court documents show he has been accused twice of threatening his ex-wife. Once, in 2009, and again, this past December.
In the 2009 documents, Jamison is accused of saying “I should put a bullet through your head,” as well as, “You don’t know what I’m capable of and you better watch yourself.”
In the 2018 documents, Jamison is accused of saying “Your day is coming, I am the law…no one will help you…”
Both charges were dropped. His ex-wife, Megan Breland, tells WCCB in 2009, Jamison’s attorney told her this: “She said if you go through with these charges, you are not gonna get any child support because he will not have a job. Well, all I thought about was taking care of my 7-year-old son at the time. And I dropped them, because I was a single mom and I needed help.”
Breland dropped the 2018 charges after she says Jamison insisted she put her 8-year-old daughter on the stand to testify against him. She says, “He knew I would not do that. So that’s why they asked for that,” and, “I’m not gonna put my child through that. I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t, I couldn’t do it.”
WCCB contacted Tim Jamison to get his side. He did not reply. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office tells WCCB it’s aware of the accusations against Jamison and investigated them. The Sheriff’s Office says the school district has not filed any complaints against Jamison during his tenure as a school resource officer, and it also tells WCCB that middle school leaders have “high praise” for him.