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Pampa ISD issues statement regarding coach accused of physical abuse of student-athlete

The Pampa Independent School District has issued a statement regarding a District coach alleged to have used improper physical force against a student and cursed at the student and the student's parents. (File Photo)

The Pampa Independent School District has issued a statement regarding a District coach alleged to have used improper physical force against a student and cursed at the student and the student's parents.

According to the District's statement, on or about Oct. 19, Pampa ISD received a complaint alleging a district coach of engaging in educator misconduct against a student-athlete and the athlete's parents involving issues of student safety. In line with regular practice, the district placed the coach on paid administrative leave while an investigation was conducted.

During the investigation, multiple interviews with persons considered knowledgeable regarding the alleged behavior of the subject of the complaint were conducted. The investigation did not reveal any conduct by the coach that was considered unlawful or that constituted bullying or prohibited harassment under district policies.

The accused coach has since returned to active duty.

Pampa ISD's full statement from Superintendent Tanya Larkin can be found below:

On or about October 19, 2018, the Pampa ISD Administration received a complaint that a District coach allegedly engaged in educator misconduct against a student athlete and the athlete’s parent that involved issues of student safety. Pursuant to the District’s regular practice, the coach was placed on paid administrative leave so the District could conduct an investigation. The investigation was immediate, thorough and included interviews with multiple persons who would have information concerning the behavior that was the subject of the complaint. The investigation did not reveal any conduct by the coach that was considered unlawful or that would constitute bullying or prohibited harassment under District Policies. The coach has returned to active duty.
Student safety is a paramount concern to Pampa ISD. The District’s policies concerning prohibited conduct toward students are strictly enforced. Employees receive regular training and warnings regarding proper conduct toward students. The administration encourages anyone with concerns for student safety or information of suspected educator misconduct to notify their school’s administrator or the Superintendent’s office immediately.
State and federal law prohibit the District from disclosing personally identifiable student information, as well as confidential personnel information. Therefore, the District cannot comment further on this matter. But please be assured that the District has taken steps to safeguard student safety.
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