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Verrado High School bus incident: Parents voice concerns at forum

Posted at 9:40 PM, Jul 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 01:28:04-04

The parents' forum at Verrado High School in Buckeye got heated Monday night as administrators addressed the crowd about what happened on a bus back in April, some call it hazing, others say it was sexual abuse

According to the Agua Fria Union High School District and police reports, there were no findings of sexual contact or genital exposure. 

No arrests were made in connection to the incident, but six students were suspended. 

Three coaches were on that bus at the time. The district says their conduct is currently under investigation. 

Parents at the meeting were concerned that the coaches didn't observe any of the alleged behavior. 

"To slough it off as it was dark therefore somehow understandable is not acceptable," one parent said. 

Parents were also upset that the district did not notify them of what was going on sooner. 

"It's evident there are things to work on from that perspective. I do not think this represents the only dynamics of the school or the only perspectives of this school," said Agua Fria Union High School District Superintendent Dennis Runyan. 

Runyan also told us the district would enforce a policy where coaches would stagger themselves on a bus so they can observe students at all ends of the vehicle. 

A student by the name of Sara says she was a member of the softball team and observed what happened with her own eyes.

She says it was sexual assault. 

"It was terrible," she said. "I just feel like the school failed me. They didn't protect me at all."

Sara goes on to say she was harassed after coming forward, and later started homeschooling and left the softball team as a result.