The Vista Unified School District superintendent is asking witnesses to provide information about allegations of misconduct involving players on the Vista High School football team.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident, beginning Monday, an outside investigator referred by the district, according to Superintendent Matt Doyle. The district’s internal investigation was launched a week and a half ago, Doyle said.
“A brave student deeply shared the allegations of student-to-student conduct in the locker room and we immediately decided to investigate and increase surveillance to keep students safe,” Doyle said in a statement released Monday evening. after leading a virtual meeting for parents. .
Investigators are reviewing witness reports and video evidence, according to Doyle.
A freshman football team staff coach was fired, Doyle said in an interview with NBC 7 after the reunion. His statement said disciplinary action against students and staff would be “guided by the facts gathered during our investigation”.
Doyle asked anyone with information to contact the district’s human resources department or email private investigator Howard Fulfrost at email@example.com.
Doyle did not elaborate on the nature of the alleged misconduct, including who or how many were involved, saying only that they could include physical and verbal threats that were made in the high school locker room.
The Vista Sheriff’s Department said it is also investigating:
“On September 2, Vista Sheriff’s Station was notified by school officials at Vista High School of an incident involving possible student-athlete misconduct,” the department said via email. “Since then, the Juvenile Detective assigned to the Vista Sheriff’s Department has been working with school officials to determine what really happened. The investigation is ongoing. At this time, we have no reason to believe there is a danger to students at Vista High School.”
Visa HS Director David Jaffe sent a letter to parents informing them of the situation and outlining an immediate safety action plan for students. Some of the plans include counseling services and increased daily dressing room monitoring by coaches, with administrative oversight.
The superintendent told NBC 7 that the concerns were serious and that school officials were taking significant steps to address them.