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Oregon police to probe if Alaska coach hit player

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm •  Published: April 8, 2013
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Juneau School District administrators on Sunday said they had just found out about the incident.

"We are deeply concerned about these allegations and the details that are emerging regarding this incident," Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich said in a statement. "We are concerned further that this incident went unreported for nearly nine months. The Juneau School District has higher expectations of our staff and coaches who we entrust with our students."?

The school district has not identified the coaches on leave.

Juneau Police Sgt. Burke told the Empire that school administrators filed a complaint with the department and made them aware of the video.

Thunder Mountain head football coach Bill Byouer was on the Oregon trip but said he was not aware of any video. He heard about it, he said, from a Juneau Empire reporter.

"I think that what we have is a set of allegations that, if true, are very disturbing and that would not meet our expectations," Gelbrich told the Empire. "But what we have to do is we have to establish what the facts are. We certainly have been told how people characterize what went on there and, if that is true, than obviously we are very disturbed by that."

Gelbrich said once school officials have established the facts in the case, "we'll take the appropriate action. If these things are true than obviously we have some pretty serious work to do."