"Emily's door was open, and all her stuff untouched," Maggie says. Yet looking at that empty room, I knew."Meanwhile, Gettysburg senior Theresa (not her real name) left the assembly early, got in her car, and headed home for the break.
"I assumed the killing was a drunken act; perhaps something went horribly wrong between two frat brothers," she recalls.
A STEPS group facilitator is in court to provide immediate on-site interviews for program eligibility.
The Court also has a dedicated teen victim advocate— employed through the counseling services unit of the District Attorney's Office—who is able to devote the time and energy, and has the unique social work skills, to engage teen victims and offer referrals to additional services.
The victim advocate is responsible for reaching out to victims to explain the criminal justice process and provide counseling, safety planning, and links to services.
Her alleged killer, Kevin Schaeffer, was 21 and a month away from graduation.
One of the most important duties for any court system is to ensure that youth in the community are protected.