Parents, students accuse Douglas County school district coaches of bullying

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colorado – On Tuesday, the Douglas County School Board heard allegations that girls in four athletic programs at three different high schools were harassed by their coaches.

The girls and their parents gathered at the Douglas County School District headquarters for the council meeting in hopes of pushing action on the issue and bringing about positive change.

The Bullying Recovery Resource Center, a nonprofit, says high school families in Douglas County, Chaparral and Rock Canyon are having had enough.

The girls say their coaches verbally assaulted them and targeted them because of their gender.

The sports programs reviewed, according to the Bullying Recovery Resource Center, are:

  • The pom team of Chaparral high school
  • Rock Canyon High School Cheerleader Team
  • Douglas County High School Girls’ College Basketball Team
  • Douglas County High School pom team

The resource center says one of the cases, involving the Douglas County High School Girls’ College Basketball Team, resulted in a Civil Rights Bureau complaint to the US Department of Education. A trainer in this program is accused of mixing a personal battle with his work – putting unnecessary stress and pressure on the girls.

“We were the only reason he kept, like, to keep going – it’s because we were playing – and if we stopped we feared for his safety,” one of the girls told FOX31.

Another complaint from members of Chaparral’s pom team accuses a coach of using demeaning language.

“[The coach] called me big and ugly, and she told me that I would never be good enough and that I shouldn’t dance anymore because of it, ”said one of the athletes.

At Tuesday’s meeting, accusations were raised of hair pulling and coaches making sexual comments towards students. These charges have not been made publicly against specific coaches.

The Douglas County Schools Superintendent said outside investigators had been called in to investigate the allegations.

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