CLAYTON — Four teachers at the Mill Creek Community School Corporation were notified of their fates after an executive session of the school board Monday night.
Head track coaches Nicholas Puckett and Rosie Fakes, along with assistants Josh Hagenow and Sean Adams, were placed on paid administrative leave.
All four returned to their classrooms on Tuesday, according to a press release from Superintendent Dr. Patrick Spray.
Last week the coaches punished some of their student athletes for missing a practice by having them “bear crawl” around the track. Some of those athletes came away with blisters, burns, and open sores on their hands.
The school corporation immediately opened an investigation and all four coaches were asked to resign their coaching positions.
Spray released the following statement:
“The corporation investigation regarding the incident at track practice on May 1, 2013, has been completed. After gathering and investigating facts surrounding the incident that occurred, it has been determined that there was no intent to cause harm to students. The teachers have admitted the poor judgment in their decisions on May 1, and have since recognized and taken ownership of their actions.
“These teachers are back in the classroom today (Tuesday) with the focus moving forward on effective teaching and student learning. There was no evidence from the facts gathered or from the teachers’ classroom history that the extra-curricular incident that occurred would carry over to the classroom.
“The coaches accept the consequences of their actions including being relieved of their coaching positions and the public scrutiny that has followed. They also acknowledge that the corporation does not condone reprimands or punishments that result or may result in physical injury as a part of our extracurricular programs.”
Following the incident in question last Wednesday, the school held a parent and athlete meeting on Thursday to discuss the controversy.