The shoes are starting to drop in the alleged Pottsville “hazing” incident.
The following officials are on administrative leave, according to a source close to the situation:
- Athletic Director Eric Rismiller
- Football coach Rusty Yost
Coal Region Canary has not been able to verify these actions.
These moves suggest there are more than just allegations to this story. It may also indicate a systematic cover-up of the alleged incident.
Pottsville “Hazing” Incident
On Friday, news broke of an alleged act of sexual harassment on the grounds of Pottsville Area School District last year, some time during football season (August-November).
In it, at least two members of the football team at the time allegedly bullied and sexually harassed an autistic person close to the team.
The acts described are heinous. It allegedly involves the students exposing themselves to the challenged individual as well as more deviant acts.
However, news of this incident only broke on Friday, Feb. 22.
Either this is the best kept secret in small town America or there’s more to the story.
In that time, the football players alleged to have participated in the act were allowed to keep playing. Allegedly, no one said a word.
Additionally, they were also permitted to join the basketball team, which is currently starting its state playoff run. A game is scheduled for Monday evening at Blue Mountain High School vs. Bangor Area.
According to a a source close to the situation, at least one of the players was suspended for 10 days just prior to the start of the Schuylkill League basketball playoffs. That suspension, based on our calculations, would end just before the start of the District XI playoffs.
The school has not publicly addressed the reports out Friday other than what was quoted to the media. It says it is investigating the incident.
Instead, they’re promoting ticket sales to the game on Monday. Here’s the school’s latest Facebook post:
UPDATE: Based on new information, we’ve updated the staff members of Pottsville Area School District who are on administrative leave. Of course, it would be helpful (and their obligation) to the public if the school would publicly release this information through appropriate channels. It doesn’t seem to have a problem selling tickets.