Ryan Pettit was in eighth grade when he confided to a camp counselor that a relative had sexually abused him.
“Most adults can’t even come forward and talk about that,” said Ryan’s mother, Mimi Pettit of Verona. “It took so much strength on his part.”
The abuse led to 18 years behind bars for Buddy Prince, Ryan Pettit’s uncle by marriage – a popular Tupelo High School teacher and coach.
But Mimi Pettit believes it also led to her son’s suicide in 2010.