Dear Judge Harrison,I am the mother of one of the victims of Laura Whitehurst. Laura Whitehurst is a child
predator and has taken my son’s innocence as well as forced him to be a father of a child while
he is still a child himself.My son has been bullied, abused and humiliated. Over the past couple of months I havelistened to strangers comment on how my son was lucky that he hooked up with a young teacher and that he is not a victim. Obviously none of those people are mothers or parents of a victim. I
watched my son go to school day after day and had no idea that I was sending him into harm’s
way. I watched my son change during his senior year from an outgoing involved honors studentwho was very involved in our family to a quiet stressed out teenager who was unable to focus onschool and was barely home. I had no clue that he was having a relationship with his teacher
the one person a parent should always be able to trust her child with. No parent should ever have to experience what I have experienced. No child should ever be victimized by his teacher. And, no teacher should ever think it is okay to have sex with her student.I did what I was supposed to do as a parent. I made sure my son attended school, and hedid very well. I trusted that when I sent my child to school he would be protected by his schooland his teachers. It never occurred to me that a teacher who had a license to teach my child andwas entrusted to educate him would think it is okay to have a sexual relationship with him, muchless get pregnant. Now I am a grandmother to a baby who was the result of the violation of mychild. My heart breaks for my son every day. And, I am faced with the fear that I cannot protectmy youngest child from similar predators since she is still in school.