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Dougherty School Police report: Westover basketball player 'physically and verbally abused'

Incidents occurred at at team basketball camp in Tallahassee and continued later online

The Dougherty County School system has released the results of a week-long investigation into bullying and harassment allegations made by the parent of a Westover High School basketball player during a team basketball camp. (File Photo)

The Dougherty County School system has released the results of a week-long investigation into bullying and harassment allegations made by the parent of a Westover High School basketball player during a team basketball camp. (File Photo)

ALBANY — The Dougherty County School system has released the results of a week-long investigation into bullying and harassment allegations made by the parent of a Westover High School basketball player during a team basketball camp in Tallahassee just more than two weeks ago.

The abuse allegations were made public by the player’s father, Manswell Peterson. The results of DCSS Shool Police Chief Investigator J.C. Phillips’ report was given to DCSS Administrative Assistant Jack Willis late Tuesday. The report stated, “the investigation revealed that the student was indeed physically and verbally abused and bullied.” The victim transferred to Sherwood Christian Academy last week.

Willis said the matter will be handled administratively by Westover Principal William Chunn.

DCSS Public Information Director R.D. Harter issued the following statement from the school system:

“The investigation of bullying that allegedly occurred during the Westover High School summer basketball camp has been concluded by the Dougherty County School System Police Department with recommendations that students involved in the taunting and harassing activities receive administrative discipline from school leadership. Chief Investigator Julius Phillips said that some levels of bullying did occur, but video and witness evidence did not indicate that the action was perpetrated to the level of chargeable crime.

“A corresponding complaint of alcohol and drug abuse on the trip could not be substantiated by evidence. A team member who returned from the camp and posted threatening tweets on social media will also receive administrative discipline as the threat did not rise to the level of “terroristic threats and acts” as supported by evidence.

“Other allegations charged against school staff concerning school board policy related to chaperone-student ratio where found to be false as 36 students were supervised by four adult chaperones on the trip. Policy requires one adult for every ten students. The investigator did report that there were times when chaperones were not present during student gatherings because they were attending to other duties.

Students involved in unacceptable behavior for student athletes will be referred to the coaches and Principal Chunn for appropriate disciplinary action.”

This story is developing.