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Kiski Area investigating athletic employee's 'inappropriate communications' to students

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 6:39 p.m.

The Kiski Area School District suspended an athletics employee after allegations of “inappropriate communications to students” arose, according to a statement from district Superintendent Tim Scott.

The district did not identify the employee and was not specific about what position the employee held.

Scott's statement, issued Thursday, says that the district “immediately suspended all services performed by this individual in regards to Kiski Area School District and its students.”

Scott declined to answer any questions or provide any clarifications on his statement.

Allegheny Township police Chief John Fontaine said a report of “suspicious activity” involving a school employee was made to his school resource officer on Monday or Tuesday. District administrators were alerted at that time, he said.

Fontaine said he did not know who had made the report to his officer. He could not give any details on the report, except that it involved “inappropriate contact.”

Fontaine said he also did not know the employee's position or job title with the district.

Fontaine said Westmore­land County District Attor­ney John Peck was contacted.

Peck said he could not comment when reached Thursday.

Fontaine said no one had been charged or arrested as of Thursday.

School board President Tamra Smail said board members are not actively involved in the ongoing investigation and that she could not comment on it.

Scott's statement said the district conducted an investigation, and that administrators have been gathering documentation and witness statements “concerning any and all events.” It said the district “has and will be cooperating with any and all local agencies in compliance with all state and federal laws.”

The statement said the district was not able to release any information surrounding the events and the investigation into them because it's a “personnel matter.”

“However, the district will pledge to the community that these matters will be investigated completely and dealt with swiftly,” the statement reads. “The district pledges to handle this matter promptly and to attempt to mitigate any disruption these events have caused to the educational process.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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