Greenfield Central HS investigates bullying complaints against coach
Greenfield-Central High School officials confirmed it is investigating complaints of bullying involving its volleyball program and namely the team coach.
For weeks rumors have swirling around Greenfield about intimidating behavior between girls on the volleyball team and allegedly some incidents involving coach Rita Rouse.
Greenfield-Central Principal Steve Bryant tells Eyewitness News there have been complaints about Rouse and at least one of them alleged bullying.
"Anytime we have an allegation of this nature, we do a thorough investigation," said athletic director Kevin Horrigan.
Bryant days the allegations are under investigation and that a meeting has taken place with one parent. He could not talk about specifics regarding the situation because it is a personnel issue, but he said, "All fall sports coaches performance will be reviewed at the school board this coming Monday night during executive session. The coach in question will be one of them."
Parents picking students up outside of school Friday were surprised to hear of the investigation. Vivian Osborne says she expects adults to provide safe environments for students.
"I'm not happy about it. I mean, it's bad enough the kids have to deal with each other bullying each other," she said.
Attempts to reach Rouse were unsuccessful. The coach, who works as a teacher at nearby Morristown Elementary, was not in class Friday. The volleyball team had its last game more than a week ago.
Rouse came to Greenfield from Marian University where she was an assistant volleyball coach.
School officials say the "Cougar Way" means committing to anti-bullying policies across the board.
"We do take it seriously. Bullying is not something we want, we preach it with our coaches, we preach it with our athletes, as well as with our students," Horrigan said.