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On Monday, Oct. 11, the Wharton Independent School District (WISD) released a statement via social media announcing an investigation had been launched to look into an occurrence that took place during halftime of a Friday night football game.
The incident was alleged to have occurred on Oct. 8, and involved student athletes and members of the WISD coaching staff.
Many speculations as to what occurred arose in the community; however, the district would not release any further information on the matter.
After The County Gin made several attempts to gather public information concerning the incident and investigation, WISD Superintendent Michael O’Guin Sr. released the following statement:
“The investigation into the incident that occurred during halftime of the football game on Friday, October 8, 2021, is complete. The findings were addressed through the student code of conduct.”
The super failed to mention what actions were taken, nor provide parents of athletes an account of the incident saying, “Due to student confidentiality laws, the district cannot comment further, Wharton ISD takes the safety of students and staff seriously.”
This statement was received on Oct. 20.
On Thursday, Nov. 4, The Gin received information announcing three student athletes, alleged to have been involved with the Friday Night altercation, have been suspended following an assignment to WISD’s District Alternative Education Placement program.
Still, accounts of what took place cannot be confirmed. The Gin filed a public information request on Oct. 22 and we await the district’s response.
The public is invited to attend the district’s “‘Let’s Talk About Discipline,'” program and presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
However, O’Guin is adamant that details of ongoing or previous incidents will not be discussed.
The program will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wharton Civic Center; 1924 North Fulton in Wharton.