Woman dies in gator attack in South Carolina
On Monday, August 21, 2018, a woman died trying to protect her dog from an alligator at a private resort in South Carolina. According to CBS News, “The attack occurred around 9:30 a.m. at the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island.”
The woman, Cassandra Cline, was walking her dog on the resort’s golf course, where
she was planning to retire, when the attack occurred. According to ABC news, “On Monday, Cline was walking her dog, Kylie, near the 13th green of the community's golf course near her home." The report stated that "She was killed around 9:30 a.m. when the 9-foot-2-inch alligator went after her dog.”
Cassandra managed to free her dog from its leash before the gator attacked it. The gator instead took her, and her dog ran away unharmed. The authorities pulled her out of the water, revealing fatal bite marks and wounds; she was alive but only for a moment.The gator was later put down by authorities.
Cassandra is now the second woman in South Carolina history to have been killed by a gator. According to CBS News, “Since 1976, there have only been about 20 attacks on people in the state ... Until 2016, none of those attacks had been fatal. In 2016, a 90-year-old woman who wandered away from a Charleston assisted living facility and was found dead in a pond.”
Cassandra was a 45-year-old kindergarten teacher at the George F. Johnson Elementary School. "Cassandra was a dedicated teacher working with our youngest students in their first year of school," district officials said. "She was a sweet, kind individual who was respected by her colleagues and loved by her students and their families." She taught at the school for almost 16 years.
The Sea Pines Resort made a post on the community’s Facebook page stating that they “are extremely saddened by this news.” Family members and even students are distressed over this loss. According to USA Today, “Christine Walker still has a scrap of paper saved from her daughter's time in Cline's kindergarten class. Emma Walker, five at the time, scrawled in pencil ‘the thing I liked best in Kindergarten was my teacher.’"