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  Shannon Faulkner Teaching English

The Associated Press
Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999; 2:20 p.m. EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. –– Shannon Faulkner was berated and ignored in her days at The Citadel. Now she has the undivided attention of her students at Carolina High School.

It's been a long road for the first-year English teacher, whose court battle with The Citadel forced the South Carolina military school to drop its all-male admissions policy in 1996.

Faulkner spent her only five days as a member of the Corps of Cadets at The Citadel in virtual solitude. When she dropped out, she was emotionally drained, the 24-year-old said in a recent interview with The Greenville News.

It wasn't until enrolling at Anderson College several months later that Faulkner found a home, she told the newspaper for a story published Sunday.

"I started getting Shannon back," she said. "It took awhile for me to be able to do whatever I wanted, to smile, be upbeat and happy."

Faulkner, who graduated with a degree in education in August, was hired at Carolina High School days later.

Faulkner said she has no regrets about her decision to enroll at The Citadel.

"I went into it knowing I may not get anything out of it. I was doing it for the next woman," she said.

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