Volunteer coach barred from Shawnee baseball amid investigation

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The Clark County Superintendent shared what the district is doing while investigating allegations around the baseball team.

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A volunteer assistant coach and three baseball players won’t be allowed to participate as the Shawnee High School baseball team takes the field Thursday for the first time since the start of an investigation.

The Clark-Shawnee Local School District has been investigating allegations surrounding the baseball team for about two weeks. School officials have declined to detail the allegations, besides saying that they took place during a spring break baseball trip to Tennessee and that they involved student athletes.

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A parent who asked not to be identified said her son was on the baseball trip and described the allegations as an assault. Her her son is one of the victims, she said.

“He had looked forward to this trip,” she said. “And then he gets there and it’s a violation of the individuals.”

The mother said she believes the alleged assaults were a type of initiation and her son and other students weren’t given a choice.

“It wasn’t something, of course, that they’re going to agree upon,” she said.

Morris wouldn’t release the names of three players or whether they play for the varsity or junior varsity teams. One of the players has been suspended indefinitely from the school as a result of the ongoing investigation and “for other reasons,” said Morris, who didn’t provide specifics.

He also said it was premature to release the volunteer coach’s name. He said he plans to release that and more information after the investigation is completed.

“These folks are not there now during this process,” Morris said of those barred from participation. “There could be penalties and consequences for individuals as this report is completed and I have full information,” Morris said

Morris said the volunteer coach who has been suspended from the team was on the trip with the students. He said a district administrator will be present at all of the team’s games this season.

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It’s a good time to re-start the season, Morris said. The Shawnee varsity and junior varsity baseball teams have missed about 10 games during the investigation. The team practiced Wednesday at Gary E. Flora field at Shawnee High School and are scheduled to play Northwestern High School on Thursday.

“We have been having the internal investigation, we reached the point that I think it is appropriate with the information that those involved in this investigation have shared with me that we can resume the season while this is still in process and hopefully moving toward a conclusion,” Morris said.

When asked asked about what the school is investigating, Morris again said he wasn’t in a position to discuss the allegations.

“There are always rumors,” Morris said. “And generally the rumors are worse than the situation.”

The school district is taking the investigation seriously and continues to work with the Clark County Sheriff’s office. Morris said previously that while the two are working together, they are conducting separate investigations.

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