MASSENA - Interim Massena Central School Superintendent William W. Crist says they plan to conduct an investigation into allegations of bullying on the volleyball team after two parents brought their concerns to the districts Board of Education Thursday night.
We certainly take the concerns of the parents very seriously and as a result, we will be conducting an investigation and a review of the alleged situation, Mr. Crist said Friday.
Two parents, Julie Malone and Sue Ellen Jacobs, alleged during Thursday nights board meeting that their daughters and other members of the varsity volleyball team had been subjected to bullying this season, and they asked board members to look into it and take appropriate action.
Neither woman specifically mentioned the name of the person or persons allegedly involved in the bullying. The issue was discussed during an executive session following the regular portion of Thursdays meeting.
Mr. Crist said he could not comment specifically on who was involved because of the personnel nature of the incidents.
Ms. Malone told board members she was concerned about the well-being of the team because of alleged incidents of verbal, emotional and mental abuse directed toward the team.
Ms. Jacobs shared similar concerns about incidents involving her daughter and other members of the team.
My daughter is not the only student being bullied, she said.
Ms. Jacobs said she had attempted to remedy the situation through the proper channels, but had not yet had success, leading her to turn to board of education members for assistance.
This is an issue that needs to be resolved immediately, she told the school board members.
Mr. Crist said parents have been working with Timothy J. Hayes, the districts athletic director, throughout the season to remedy the situation. He also noted that Mr. Hayes had met with the coach about the situation at various times throughout the year.
I know theyve been frustrated somewhat by the concerns theyve brought to the athletic directors attention, he said.
Long-time modified coach Cassie Hayes took over the varsity volleyball program this year after veteran mentor Mary Arcadi stepped down from the post.
Ms. Hayes declined comment on Friday.