The Banner Staff’s article of 19 August 2010 was an excellent starting point for the expression of outrage that the citizens of Duncan should be voicing over the release of a self-admitted felon (awaiting trial for Kidnapping and Assault with a Deadly Weapon) in our community. Further, his probable attendance at Duncan High School should concern every parent, teacher and administrator in this city.
We have an irresponsible and immature young man who admits to stalking Ms. Doyle in front of her place of business, leaping into her car, threatening to kill her by brandishing a knife, kidnapping her and recklessly endangering her life to the point that her only method of survival under such duress was to jump out of her moving vehicle for fear of impending death. Take the time to imagine your mother, your wife or your daughter being abducted like this. Today, he is totally free to move about and conduct further assaults or worse in our community.
The Banner’s article referred to a comment from the Duncan Public School System neither confirming nor denying that Tyler is currently attending Duncan High School. Duncan is a very small community. News travels very fast, kids talk to other kids and involved parents got the news the very same day. In this case, at a minimum, parents, teachers and most importantly the students of Duncan High School have a right to hear that if Tyler were attending school; he is being closely monitored by competent law enforcement personnel and that our children are entirely safe from his propensity to conduct crimes of violence without regard for human life or safety.
There are many unanswered questions that I have heard from literally dozens of concerned citizens since this crime was committed. Why in the world would a person arraigned for Kidnapping and Assault only have to come up with $5,000 to get out of jail on bail? Bail bonds only require 10 percent of the total bond, so $5,000 was all that was needed to post the $50,000 bail. Why wasn’t the bail set high enough to be effective? This felony crime was conducted with a weapon within 50 feet of Duncan High School grounds. Several attorneys have said that this should be applicable to the charges filed. Is this being done? If not, why not?
The bottom line is: A self-admitted felon is loose in our community and many citizens believe that he is attending public school with our community’s children. I (and perhaps it is only me) find this to be totally unacceptable. I spent 29 years as both an enlisted soldier and officer in the United States Army and moved back to Oklahoma in hopes of finding a community that represents justice appropriately, protects its citizens, and fosters an opportunity for its children to learn and grow without having to fear societal failures, like the individual in question. Right now, that is not the community I am seeing. I see a mother, a successful entrepreneur, and her family standing alone; fighting day by day to get their lives back to normal. Where are the rest of the voices in Duncan that find this unacceptable?
LTC Wm. Clark Southard, USA (Ret)