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Exclusive: Emails show Bixby football players participated in 'burn party'

Emails describe how Bixby football players participated in a “burn party.” According to the emails, players smoked a cigar and burned themselves on their wrists. (KTUL)

The topic of Tuesday night’s school board meeting was Kyle Wood’s decision to resign as superintendent. In a statement, Wood called it the best thing for everyone given the ongoing questions hanging over the sexual assault case.

The board unanimously accepted his resignation but slammed how authorities portrayed Wood and other school leaders in the official investigator’s affidavit.

“We would like to profess our profound disappointment in the investigative work conducted by the investigator in the Office of the 12th District Attorney,” said Board President Ron Schnare.

But even as the sex assault case simmers, Channel 8 has discovered that Bixby football players were involved in another ritual that drew the school’s attention. We’ve obtained never-before-seen emails showing communications between top school officials.

Those emails describe how football players participated in a “burn party.” According to the emails, players smoked a cigar and burned themselves on their wrists.

Students told the principal, who was investigating the incident, that it was voluntary and not hazing, according to emails.

In response to the principal’s email, Wood wrote that parents of the players who participated needed to be notified right away.

Emails also showed behind-the-scenes communication with top school officials on the day of the first school board special meeting regarding the sexual assault allegations Nov. 8. Wood emailed the high school principal and athletic director telling them to investigate and pursue “consequences.”

On that day, Wood also emailed the high school football coach asking if he’d addressed hazing issues with the team.

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Other emails obtained by KTUL showed that Wood investigated another incident of possible harassment or hazing Nov. 8. In his email, Wood wrote, “it is our sincere hope that if anything like this happens again to one of your sons, that you report such to the Athletic Director or me so that we can address the issue.”

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According to those emails, Wood said he “misunderstood” but if anything were to happen to the son(s) to contact him “as soon as possible.”


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