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Rocky Mount Teacher Accused of Inappropriately Touching Students

Posted February 26, 2007
Updated October 15, 2013

Editor's Note: All charges against Churchill Buck Young were voluntarily dismissed within months of his arrest, and his criminal record was expunged.

A Rocky Mount teacher is charged with taking indecent liberties with several students over a two-year period at school.

Authorities said 59-year-old Churchill Buck Young is accused of inappropriately touching four female students, ranging in age from 11 to 13 years old. Authorities said the incidents occurred at Rocky Mount Preparatory School between August 2005 and February 2007.

According to investigators, one student's parents reported the incident to police on Feb. 14 and the other three alleged victims came forward.

Authorities are still conducting their investigation. Young has been released on bond.


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  • ncrm41 Mar 5, 2007

    As a former student of his, I must say this whole thing does not surprise me. We tried for a long time to make people realize some of the things we would do. If you are going to say Mr. Young is innocent until proven guilty, then that is perfectly acceptable. But please do not say the girls are lying. It's tough trying to convince people of something like that.

  • anneonymousone Mar 3, 2007

    Mail_larry and Happyday, I'm with you both. Because Mr. Young is white, the allegations against him are seen as reflections against his profession, not his ethnicity. But let him be of Middle Eastern or African descent, and many people's view of the story would change. If he were surnamed Sanchez, the anti-immigrant comments would be legion, even if his ancestors came to the US twenty generations ago from Spain.

    In the US we have to confront the oversexualization of youth and its affects on perceptions of sexuality and sexual attractiveness on people of all ages.

    And while we're at it, we need to make it clear that the whole idea of male sexuality as predatory is a cultural sickness. It is not that way by nature and does not have to be that way by nurture. Some men have taken that notion and run too far. Sex is not conquest, and we need to stop promoting it as such and stop equating sex with violence.

    Lives are at stake.

  • uncg4me Mar 2, 2007

    I am from Rocky Mount and have been keeping up on this story. I don't know if they've updated this or not, but two girls came forward and recanted their stories. I thought everyone should know that, so that they wouldn't make assumptions. Also, you have to take into account that the first girl who came forward has threatened this teacher before when he has sent her to detention. Just thought everyone should know that.

  • Tarboro89 Mar 1, 2007

    I had this guy for a teach 20+ years ago when I was in middle school. He was really creepy and often started sentences with "don't go home and tell your parent Buck Young said this" when he injected his odd opinions in history class. He left my school under Allegations of inappropriate sexual-related behavior. Obviously I don't know if he's guilty of this, but it's not an isolated accusation.

  • Insightful_1 Feb 27, 2007

    You can't judge some guilty just because they've been accused of a crime. We've got to let the evidence speak for itself, through a plea agreement, through a jury or however it unfolds. If he's guilty he needs to be punished to the full extent of the law.

  • happyday Feb 27, 2007

    mail_larrym1 -at- yahoo -dot- com
    Once again. I agree.

  • maillarrym1 Feb 27, 2007

    Yada! Yada! Yada! Point is the "whole" judicial system (equal protection under the law, Just-us is blind; etc.) is--and always have been centered around racism. Don't keep bringing up the Duke Lacrosse case and the "cruel" DA when black people, other minorities and some poor whites (in this country), who can't afford "super lawyers" are prosecuted and convicted every day. When they "used to" execute men for "rape" over 95% of those executed were black men. In fact it wasn't until the late 1980's before a white was executed for killing a black person (victim a young black female college student). Truth is people need to "get over" Duke Lacrosse as if it is a test case for injustice. They never even went to trial and they will get off anyway. Talk about racism will end--when their is no racism. Don't take it "personal"--unless it happens to reflect your feelings.

  • nunya-at-yahoo.com Feb 27, 2007

    I don't presume to judge who is guilty in this case - the accusers or the accused. I just want to point out that, in cases where accused men are convicted & sentenced to active prison terms, the prison term itself is not the worst of the punishment they will receive. Their fellow inmates will see to it that these men are well molested. "Ordinary" convicts hate child molesters!

  • Air Biscuit Feb 27, 2007

    To anyone who would question why young girls would lie about such things...look at history...specifically, Salem, Massachusetts in 1692....over 20 people were put to death because a bunch of "sweet innocent" girls lied...yet nobody believed girls could lie about such things.

    In today's society, with most parents lying about everything related to school and their children, and with young girl's role models (Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan)it's no wonder girls are sneaky and vindictive.

    However, I am not saying these girls in this case are lying...just don't rule out the possibility.

  • llwilsongal Feb 27, 2007

    To spiritwarriorwoman -at- peoplepc -dot- com:

    regarding your comment " please let me assure all of you that before anything relating to this type of abuse upon children gets this far, it has been investigated thoroughly, "

    do you really think cases as these are fully investigated before reported by local print and broadcast outlets??? I hope I mis-understood you!? If not, 5 letters for ya...M-E-D-I-A!

    Bottomline: this is still under investigation.

    And to hilda_crawford -at- yahoo -dot- com: You ask Why would young girls lie about such a thing? Who knows! We dont know what goes through people's minds when they fly planes into buildings either do we? Like you, I wouldn't dare...but some other weirdos would.