Kirbyville Police Chief Paul Brister announced Tuesday that the department has closed an investigation and no criminal charges will be filed in relation to allegations of over disciplining by coaches at Kirbyville High School.
It began in mid-March when a parent alleged that coaches - one in particular – were abusing student-athletes in the weight room. The parent noted that the alleged abuse was not discipline for improper behavior, but rather punishment for not being able to lift enough weight or improperly lifting weight.
In a prepared statement, Brister wrote “After a lengthy investigation into the report of injury to a child, stemming from a complainant against personnel within the Kirbyville Consolidated Independent School District, it has been determined after close contact and conversations between the Kirbyville Police Department, the Jasper County District Attorney’s Office, and the parents of the victim, that no criminal charges will be filed and the investigation is closed."
Kirbyville CISD Superintendent Georgia Sayers also released a statement Tuesday in which she said that because of privacy issues, she could not release any information about employees of the district.
Sayers' statement said "Kirbyville CISD is aware of the updated information regarding the police investigation into the use of student discipline by members of the athletic staff. The District will continue to keep informed as information becomes available and will continue to maintain the privacy rights of our students and employees. Because of these privacy issues, I am not able to make further comment at this time."
KJAS also contacted a family member of one of the alleged victims to give them a chance to comment. They declined to make a statement.