School investigating "inappropriate behavior"

Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 3:50 p.m., after the Feb. 14 edition of the Gazette had gone to press.

Lincoln County School District No. 1 is investigating the alleged assault of a student athlete by other student athletes at Kemmerer Junior Senior High School.

The school district emailed a statement to the Gazette on Monday, Feb. 11.

“It is unfortunate LCSD #1 has had inappropriate behavior between and among students. The district is still investigating the matter. The district is legally bound by confidentiality and that is to protect all parties involved, but I will state appropriate measures are being taken,” superintendent Teresa Chaulk said in the statement. 

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, Chaulk told the Gazette that the incident under investigation did occur on school property. She also said the investigation was still ongoing, and the district hoped to have it concluded by the end of this week. 

The school board held an executive session regarding a student discipline issue during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12, but it is unclear if it was related to this investigation. One board member recused themselves from the executive session.

After resuming the meeting, the board took action on a recommendation made in the executive session.

Last Friday, a source told the Uinta County Herald, who informed the Gazette, that the alleged victim and the alleged victim’s family were upset that no action had yet been taken against the alleged perpetrators, who the source said are teammates of the alleged victim. The source also said that the police were involved in investigating the alleged incident that happened on school property.

The Gazette has contacted the Kemmerer Police Department, but Chief Kahre is out of town until Thursday. No one else in the police department is able to comment on any investigations.

“If there is police involvement, it is not at the request of the district,” Chaulk said.

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