|I Said Nothing
Author: SilenceInHonour PM
Jen is skipping classes, it takes a phone call she can't hijack to get her back. Now she's stuck in English, room 4b with Mr. Lykes and four other girls. Her mother will never know what happens in that room and she will never say a word, until a friend pays the price of her silence. COMPLETE.Rated: Fiction T - English - Friendship/Tragedy - Chapters: 3 - Words: 6,093 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 08-05-12 - Published: 08-01-12 - Status: Complete - id: 3046834
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I stood next to Lisa and Fliss and put my flowers down. Swallowing past the lump in my throat.
It's been a year now. Mrs. Lamberghast, Mr. Lykes and Marie were gone from the house when the police got there but they found Georgie. It was too late by then, she'd already passed, but they had enough evidence with what they found to convict Mrs. Lamberghast. Our testaments served sufficient, in light of events to also put Mr. Lykes on the wanted list.
There was a nationwide hunt for both adults. We hoped we'd find Marie still alive and well with them, but our hope dimmed after a week or so. Every day that they didn't find them was a day the three of us spent jumping at shadows and casting looks over our shoulders.
The police launched an investigation into the school and gave everyone a two week holiday, all we had was pack of learning material, hastily put together, to complete, while they sorted out a temporary school system for us all.
A few lucky people got places at other schools while most of us went back in after the two weeks. The classes were triple the size and unorganised but I suppose it's the best that could be done.
They finally found Mrs. Lamberghast and Mrs. Lykes three months on. They were hiding out in Cornwall in an abandoned house. Marie was indeed found with them but the whole ordeal proved to much for her and she was moved to a 'special' hospital. We haven't been allowed to visit, it's strictly family, not that she has much of that.
Lamber got a life sentence, but Mr. Lykes only received eighteen months for assisted murder and grooming of students. That means in nine months he'll be out and we'll be paranoid again.
I exchanged looks with Lisa and Fliss who were now my closest friends in the whole world, no-one else knew how hard it was to visit this gravestone but them. No-one else understood the fear of English classes, or the terror of museums, no-matter whether a Lamberghast is there or not.
That's the one good thing to come out of this.
"You've managed to stop the bad stuff, Georgie." I whispered to the rock.
"The school's settled into the new routine now, and we have new teachers being hired, they're getting in permanent staff now." Lisa continued for me.
"And a lot of the old teachers are due to come back after re-training. The police have been very thorough so I think we'll be okay." That was Fliss.
We liked to explain recent events to Georgie as if she could hear us, it made us feel better. Without her we would never have got the police involved, we would have suffered in silence and more of us would have ended up like Marie. She was the only one Mr. Lykes had gone 'all the way' with as far as I knew.
On the 18th of September 2009 Mr. Lykes, the man who had been convicted of grooming several girls of school-age was released from prison, despite protests by many parents calling for a life sentence. He was later convicted of the rape and murder of two young girls: one sixteen, the other seventeen. They were allegedly former victims of his. A third girl, Jennifer Cattiah, sixteen, friend of the two victims: Lisa Parks and Felicity Rennel, later committed suicide in the quiet town of Bruckton-upon-haven*.
Upon being caught for the second time he killed two police officers and was sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and mass murder.
His victims will not be forgotten, as a memorial has been erected at the school - which has undergone intense police scrutiny over the past few years. It stands to remind students of these girls courage, bravery and actions. Their sacrifices have ensured that no other girl shall fall victim to this particular man.
One of the girls mothers has created a support group for families who have lost loved ones due to grooming and paedophilia. Miss Jackie Cattiah was the mother of Jennifer Cattiah, she says: "I wish she'd told me, or at least tried to. I know she was worried about frightening me, I have a weak heart, but it would have been so much better than this. Now I just wish to support people who are experiencing the same thing as me. No-one should ever have to find out their child was groomed and forced to commit suicide out of fear."
Sadly, this event is not the only one. If you know of anyone who has a problem, or you suspect has a problem, either at home, at school or otherwise please call this number: ****-***-***.
AN: And so it is completed. What do you think? Are there any mistakes? Am I missing any loose ends? Please tell me. :)
*Bruckton-upon-haven is a fictional town.