More accusations against Hominy football coaches


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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 9/19/2013 12:31 pm Published: 9/19/2013 12:24 pm


FOX23 is following up to allegations of bullying in an Osage County football program.

We first brought you the story last week—parents in Hominy told us their young players were encouraged by coaches to knee, kick and punch others on the team.

Since we first covered this story, and the superintendent launched an investigation into allegations of bullying during a drill called “Against the Wall.”

We found out this wall is no longer used in practice, but some parents are wanting more changed.

“They’d be punching him in the ribs, kicking him, [they were] trying to do anything they can to bully him.”

Maranda Bersherse didn't want to show her face for the sake of her son, who told her he was being bullied on the football team.

“So I went and talked to the coaches and they told me he had to deal with it.”

We spoke to the specific coach, who we are not naming, but that coach would not comment, and referred us back to the superintendent.

When we checked back in with Superintendent Russell Hull Wednesday, he said he couldn't comment on the coaches because it’s a personnel matter.

And parents are telling us they aren’t having much luck either.

“He said he would get to the bottom of it and that's the last we heard,” Bersherse said.

FOX23’s Janai Norman asked whether that helped at all.

“No.”

According one district employee, that’s the theme—coaches not being held accountable.

He tells FOX23 a year ago coaches allowed the football team to cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to the Barnsdall locker room.

We confirmed with the Barnsdall school district the football team did significant damage to a brand new locker room.

I found out Hominy footed the bill, but as for the coaches, the district employee says nothing happened.

Bersherse’s worried that could be the same case here.

“That’s what they keep telling all the parents,” she says, “That they’ll get to the bottom of it, and it’s still going on.”

We checked back in with one of the parents who first told us about her son being bullied on the football field. We found out she has filed a police report, as of Thursday, no charges have been filed.

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hominybuckmom - 9/19/2013 11:41 PM
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I am the parent of a high school freshman who has participated in this drill and who works with these same coaches everyday. This report is a bunch of CRAP!!!! Why don't you come back and talk to the rest of the students and patents that support the wall and the coaches. We will all be wearing our "I Support The Wall" t-shirts at tomorrow nights game. Come find out how the MAJORITY feels. Not just the TWO people you have talked to!!!!
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