George Washing Volleyball

George Washing Volleyball

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Volleyball player

Charleston, WV

#1 May 16, 2011
The "ALLEGED" sexual harassment and bullying of former players were substantiated during the initial BOE investigation. Ron Deuring has sent letters to the parents, that he signed, acknowledging the fact. The investigation was not handled properly according to Title IX guidelines.The school boards lack of action in protecting the students involved led to the OCR investigation and where it stands today.
Volleyball player

Charleston, WV

#2 May 16, 2011
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has intervened in a case where volleyball players at George Washington High School allege that their coach sexually harassed them.
Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring signed a resolution agreement on April 8 that defines several steps that county school officials must take to respond to the complaint.
By May 31, school officials must reopen their investigation of the sexual harassment complaint, which was first filed Sept. 28, 2010.
According to the agreement, the complaint was filed against "the volleyball coaches at George Washington High School." Sources said players complained about head girls' volleyball coach Missy Smith; it was unclear if other coaches were involved.
Smith remains the school's volleyball coach, according to school board attorney Jim Withrow.
The agreement signed by Duerring doesn't say who filed the complaint with the Office for Civil Rights. It requires Kanawha school officials to "remedy the effects of the sexual harassment toward the complainants and any other students who were subjected to sexual harassment by the volleyball coach(es)."
Last fall, "we had a complaint and we addressed it," Withrow said. School officials took some disciplinary action against Smith, but Withrow would not describe it.
"My view is that certain individuals thought it wasn't sufficient action," he said.
According to a Charleston Daily Mail report at the time, Smith was not with the volleyball team for most of October but returned by month's end. Several players apparently quit the team at about the same time.
Kanawha school officials must take steps to prevent "any recurrence of sexual harassment by the alleged perpetrator(s)," according to the agreement. County school administrators must interview everyone "who may have been affected by the harassment ... including all of the students who participated on the volleyball team during the 2010-2011 school year.""We've entered into an agreement with the Office for Civil Rights to modify the way we do things in the future," Withrow said.
By calling for a second investigation, the Office for Civil Rights wants Kanawha school officials to review the actions that were already taken and "determine whether such actions were appropriate," according to the agreement.
"If the [Kanawha schools] District determines that the actions taken against the coaches did not adequately address the sexual harassment substantiated in the District's investigation, the District will take such actions necessary to appropriately address the harassment," according to the agreement.
Smith did not return phone messages seeking comment.
George Washington Principal Melissa Ruddle would not comment on the case. "It's a personnel issue," she said.
Over time, Kanawha school officials must prove to the Office for Civil Rights that they fulfilled the terms of the agreement and complied with several provisions of Title IX.
In large part, federal Title IX law forbids gender discrimination and sexual harassment in schools.
Under the agreement signed by Duerring, school officials must offer counseling or a counseling reimbursement to all students affected by any "sexually harassing or discriminatory conduct." They also must revise their Title IX grievance procedures and designate one or more employees as a "Title IX coordinator."
By November, they must schedule Title IX training to all staff members (including coaches) who interact with students on a regular basis. By September, they also must develop a plan to educate students, parents and employees about issues related to sexual harassment. The plan must reflect the "importance of reporting sexual harassment," according to the agreement.
Before the school year ends next month -- and over the next two years -- local school officials also must survey students to better ensure that county schools are free of sexual harassment.
Volleyball player

Charleston, WV

#3 May 16, 2011
osted By: JustJill
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Do you know who's on the board? None other than Becky Jordan. She goes out of her way to protect the So. Hills schools. Her kids go to school there and she doesn't want a shred of bad publicity coming out about any of those schools.

She rushed to the defense of the John Adams teachers who left the kids stranded at the rest stop. She did the same for the coaches who let the abuse go on the John Adams football team bus. Then she did the same for the coach at GW who got in a fight over a donut with another teacher.

I don't know if she was involved in the "investigation" you speak of, but it wouldn't surprise me.

By the way, it sounds like those South Hills schools are out of control
Volleyball 82

Charleston, WV

#4 May 16, 2011
Doesn't she coach softball @ Hoover? Has anything happened up there? Has anyone talked to those players? some kids wont tell there parents what is going on, because they want to play! it has happened to my daughter , she was black balled because she and some teammates spoke up!!
Volleyball 82

Charleston, WV

#5 May 16, 2011
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has intervened in a case where volleyball players at George Washington High School allege that their coach sexually harassed them.
Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring signed a resolution agreement on April 8 that defines several steps that county school officials must take to respond to the complaint.
By May 31, school officials must reopen their investigation of the sexual harassment complaint, which was first filed Sept. 28, 2010.
According to the agreement, the complaint was filed against "the volleyball coaches at George Washington High School." Sources said players complained about head girls' volleyball coach Missy Smith; it was unclear if other coaches were involved.
Smith remains the school's volleyball coach, according to school board attorney Jim Withrow.
The agreement signed by Duerring doesn't say who filed the complaint with the Office for Civil Rights. It requires Kanawha school officials to "remedy the effects of the sexual harassment toward the complainants and any other students who were subjected to sexual harassment by the volleyball coach(es)."
Last fall, "we had a complaint and we addressed it," Withrow said. School officials took some disciplinary action against Smith, but Withrow would not describe it.
"My view is that certain individuals thought it wasn't sufficient action," he said.
According to a Charleston Daily Mail report at the time, Smith was not with the volleyball team for most of October but returned by month's end. Several players apparently quit the team at about the same time.
Kanawha school officials must take steps to prevent "any recurrence of sexual harassment by the alleged perpetrator(s)," according to the agreement. County school administrators must interview everyone "who may have been affected by the harassment ... including all of the students who participated on the volleyball team during the 2010-2011 school year."
VB Blood

Charleston, WV

#6 May 16, 2011
coach sexually harassed them. many time , We just thought it was normal she always like that.
gwhs1986

Charleston, WV

#7 Mar 7, 2013
They ought to take a closer look at just about EVERYTHING in that school from administration to the students. Apparently the amount of drugs being pilfered through the halls and lockers of that building is benign to both parents and administration. The combination of inconsistent discipline, inconsistent treatment of teachers, and inconsistent personal choices and decisions by the former middle school principal DOES NOT make for a good school environment. Many of the teachers and students dislike what is happening in that building!

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