Bixby School Board releases 1st statement on sexual assault allegations involving students
BIXBY, Okla. (KTUL) —
The Bixby Board of Education has released a statement addressing the ongoing investigation into sexual assault allegations involving a group of high school students.
President Ron Schnare wrote in the statement that "state and federal law" have prevented district officials from commenting on the ongoing investigation into allegations that a group of Bixby High School football players sexually assaulted another student. The reported sexual assault happened at the home of Superintendent Kyle Wood, according to an affidavit.
It's not clear exactly when the incident happened, but the affidavit says an employee believes it occurred at the end of September. Investigators believe the school became aware of the report Oct. 26, and the district delayed reporting the incident.
"I want the public to know that all of the board members and the persons investigating these issues take this matter very seriously," Schnare wrote. "We understand the concerns of our patrons and we are sensitive of the need to insure that the values of our community are upheld."
Schnare says the Board of Education will hold a meeting Thursday to "receive an update" on the investigation.
Here's the Board of Education's full statement:
As president of the Bixby Board of Education, I am issuing this statement to inform our citizenry of the District’s ongoing investigation involving certain Bixby High School students.
The investigation has been proceeding diligently and prudently by the District’s outside legal counsel with assistance by the Bixby High School administration. A number of interviews have been conducted and all of the facts are being gathered for ultimate presentation to the Board of Education.
As I have stated earlier, under state and federal law, the District, including its board members and staff, is precluded from commenting on any facts or information involving any students or employees who may be involved in the investigation. These laws have prohibited the District from commenting on any details of the investigation.
I want the public to know that all of the board members and the persons investigating these issues take this matter very seriously. We understand the concerns of our patrons and we are sensitive of the need to insure that the values of our community are upheld. To that end, a comprehensive and thorough investigation is ongoing. The Board will conduct a meeting on Thursday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. to receive an update on the investigation.
In closing, I will say that you have placed your trust in five board members who are doing everything they can to retain that trust. We will see this investigation to a full conclusion and you should trust that, if appropriate, we will hold individuals accountable for their actions.
November 29, 2017