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Tanner family not pleased by rumors of prank against special needs daughter

7:09 PM, Sep 24, 2012   |    comments
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By Ashley Yarchin

Pacific, MO (KSDK) - Word of a pretty disturbing prank has been passing through the halls of Pacific High School the last few days, and now it's all under investigation by the school district. But officials may not have gotten word of the prank if the would-be victim's parents hadn't taken to Facebook.

The PHS homecoming parade is the event of the season, the one so many students there have been waiting for. But some say that excitement is for the wrong reasons.

"It's a shock," said Tonya Tanner, the mother of a 15-year-old at the school. "It's not anything we ever expected."

The Tanners say their daughter thrives scholastically at Pacific High but still suffers from ADHD and several social disorders.

"She didn't really hang out with a group of friends or have a regular friend at all," Tonya explained.

In fact, they say her closest companion is a duck, one that lives on the family farm. It's the reason they believe rumors surfaced among students and parents last week that their daughter was elected to homecoming court by her peers, who'd apparently planned to humiliate her publicly at the parade by quacking at her and throwing eggs.

"I reached a level of frustration where I thought, one way that I'll get answers is to have other people help me get answers," said the girl's father, Rickie Tanner.

He's been writing about it on Facebook with overwhelming support from strangers and friends alike. It's the reason he believes the school district's superintendent has started an investigation into who is at the root of the plan or even just the rumors.

"Our homecoming activities are very important to our student body, however, it will not outweigh our concern for that individual student," said Superintendent Randy George.

"Whether you participate or not, you have to stand up for people that can't take care of themselves and that's why I want homecoming cancelled," Tonya added as a warning to other students.

So far, there are no plans to cancel homecoming. The Tanners decided not to send their daughter to school Monday. They plan to wait and see how the school handles the situation.


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