Bixby Public Schools releases statement to parents regarding sexual assault investigation
BIXBY, Okla. (KTUL) —
Bixby Public Schools released a statement to parents Thursday evening regarding the two-month-long sexual assault investigation.
The statement came after a regularly scheduled Bixby School Board meeting.
Bixby Public School Superintendent Dr. Kyle Wood resigned last month amid the investigation.
On Tuesday, Jan. 9, five Bixby football players admitted to sexually assaulting a teammate.
Thursday evening Bixby Public Schools Interim Superintedent Lydia Wilson realeased this statement to parents:
As we settle into the second semester, it seems appropriate to share some information about the recent events in Bixby School district. First, there is no statement that will fully satisfy everyone nor fully explain the events that have occurred. And that is primarily due to the fact that students and employees have a legal right to confidentiality. And the district cannot – and will not – breach confidentiality to answer these questions. Second, the BPS Board, in conjunction with our district’s attorney, has concluded its investigation and several actions have been taken in response to the results of the investigation. We have undergone a significant public change with the departure of our former superintendent. And as a result, BPS is now beginning the search for a new superintendent. Internal actions include review and revision of our policies and code of conduct, training of administrators and staff, and review of any possible changes that could improve our administrative structure, communication, or even evaluation processes. Any and all steps taken will be taken for the sole purpose of improvement: we are fully committed to a strong, safe, and positive culture for everyone. Additionally, Bixby Public Schools will continue to cooperate with any ongoing legal investigations. We are required to adhere to legal processes and rules, and we WILL cooperate with law enforcement agencies and investigators. For the sake of our students and employees, it is time that we return our focus to educating our students. We are committed to this district, our students, and our community. We recognize the work ahead of us, and we are prepared to embrace it. As always, we appreciate the support from our parents and patrons. We will get through this together!