16-year-old marries her coach, family speaks out

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — The mother of a Brunswick County 16-year-old who married her High School Coach is speaking out.

Betty Hager says she tried to stop the relationship between her daughter and a 40-year-old teacher at South Brunswick High School, including contacting local law enforcement and the school. (View the full interview here)

Hager has a paper trail documenting all the conversations she’s had with different agencies in Brunswick County. She says it somehow wasn’t enough, to stop her daughter, Windy, from marrying a teacher more than twice her age.

“Police, Sheriff’s office, the principal, the Sheriff’s department, friends, family,” Hager said. “Nobody could reach her and he would not stay away from my child.”

It’s been a long and frustrating road for the Hagers. It all started the summer after Windy’s freshman year, when she was just 14 years old. That’s when Windy joined the track team, and her coach took a special interest in her.

“She’s always been fiercely protective of family and friends,” Hager said. “Once she met him her large circle of people she protected went smaller and smaller. Anyone that tried to keep her from the one person that was her focus was the enemy.”

Fast forward two years. Windy’s parents say the time, and their protest had done little to stop the love affair between their daughter and Brenton Scott Wuchae.

“The more we tried to save her,” Betty Hager said. “The more we became the enemy and there becomes a time when you have to say, I can’t save you from yourself.”

On Monday, they finally gave in, signing a document allowing Windy to marry Wuchae. He resigned from his position with the school system on the same day as the wedding.

“We love our baby. We never wanted this for her. She could have had anything she wanted. the world was her oyster. She was capable of anything. she gave it all up,” Hager said.

School officials say they were aware of the relationship, but could not prove that anything inappropriate was going on.

In a statement released to the press after a closed door meeting with the school board today, Superintendent Katie McGee said, “I am shocked and disheartened by what transpired.”

Windy’s parents say their daughter moved out yesterday after the wedding. They say they’re still hopeful she’ll return.

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