Booster Clubs in Spotlight After Member Charged with Sex Crimes

REIDSVILLE, N.C. -- The booster club volunteer accused of having sex with two high school students made her first appearance in court on Wednesday.

Stacy Setliff is charged with two felony counts of sexual activity with a student and two misdemeanor counts of distributing harmful materials to minors. She was granted a court-appointed attorney and ordered back to court in December.

Investigators in Reidsville say the sex acts happened off school property, between February and August of this year.

Setliff was a member of the Reidsville Touchdown Booster club. Police say she had sex with two student-athletes. That raised the question of booster clubs and their seemingly unlimited access to schools and students.

District officials at Rockingham County Schools say parents should not be concerned about this happening again. They say booster club members and volunteers don't have direct access to students in school and rarely are with them one-on-one outside school.

"A lot of the interactions that the booster clubs have are as a group," said Jonathan Craig, Jr., Human Resources of Rockingham County Schools. "They interact specifically with the coaches or with the sponsors of the sports so it's a safe environment for our students and for our school."

On school grounds, Craig says booster club members are treated just like every other school guest. "If they were to work with individual students then they would have to go through the same protocols like background checks and everything else that we would require for anyone who is working with small groups by themselves unsupervised."

At Page High School in Greensboro, they haven't had any problems like this. School officials say the booster club is very open and transparent. Most members are parents of the students and are working to make the school better.

"Every school and every individual has their own experience," said Scott Neff, President of the Page High School Booster Club. "I can tell you at least here at Page High School, we take the safety of our students very seriously."

"When people think of a booster club, they need to think of a partner with the school because that's what we have here at Page," added Page Principal Patrice Faison.

School leaders from both Rockingham County and Page High School say they won't be making any policy changes because they believe the policies in place are working.


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