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Author of threatening letter won't return to Scotts Valley High School says the district superintendent

Scotts Valley student named in rape letter speaks out

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Like most teenagers, C.C. Runyon had plans.

"I expected to go on a trip, to go camping, to hangout with my friends, have fun, to be a teenager," Runyon said.

But when she received a threatening letter with her and other students' names on it, she knew it wouldn't be a normal summer.

"Instead, I had a very hard slap of reality in the face and now I have to deal with it," Runyon said.

Before school ended in June, a Scott's Valley High School student wrote a disturbing letter detailing raping and killing students and teachers.

As a new school year approaches, the unified school district wanted to update parents and students about the case and to tell them that the student will not be returning to the school. The superintendent said their hands were tied with certain information.

"It isn't that we don't want to share information, or we won't share information, or we don't want to correct misinformation. It's simply that we legally cannot. It's against the law," superintendent Tanya Krause told parents and students at the meeting.

But Krause did offer plans to improve relationships with parents.

"Resoundingly tonight, we heard better communications. So if there is something we can't communicate, to at least inform the parent community that we are working on it," Krause said.

Still, some parents walked away not entirely satisfied.

"I thought that it was very encouraging that the school is trying to take positive steps to move forward with it. It still seems like not a lot of information coming forth to the public that they need to know or have the right to know," special education attorney and parent James Sibley said.

"I still have some unresolved questions and some things that I understand will take time for the school district to address. It did improve my level of comfort, but I'm not completely comfortable," said Josh Homan, a father of twin boys entering ninth grade.

The same way Runyon still feels after a summer of counseling and trying to figure out what happens next.

"I thought it was very condescending, and I felt like they didn't realize that we did actually communicate, you know. We did reach out and then we were shut down," Runyon said.


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