Two Westside coaches on leave after hazing allegation

JONESBORO, Ark. – Allegations of a hazing incident at Westside Consolidated School District have resulted in two coaches being put on paid leave, a statement by an attorney representing the school district said Monday afternoon

A concerned parent notified NEA Report on Wednesday of an alleged incident. After requesting comment from Attorney Rebecca Worsham, representing the schools, the following statement was issued.

On Monday, November 13th, the Westside Consolidated School District’s administration was notified about a possible hazing initiation ritual among its high school football team. The District began an investigation and placed two coaches on paid administrative leave. The matter has been reported to the child maltreatment hotline and the District will cooperate with any law enforcement investigation.  Due to this matter involving students and personnel, the District cannot offer further details at this time.

Westside’s student handbook and Arkansas law prohibit all forms of hazing. Any student found in violation of the policy will be disciplined in accordance with the student handbook. The District encourages any students or parents who have information concerning this matter to contact their school principal. All hazing allegations will be taken seriously. Faculty and staff should direct any students who need support to speak with their counselors. The District will do everything necessary to ensure that our students can attend school in a safe environment. – Attorney Rebecca Worsham, representing Westside Schools

No other information has been made publicly available regarding the incident. We will update you with more as we learn it.

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