What, exactly, is "forced sexual contact"? So far, the Olympia School District isn't saying. What the school district is saying is Capital High School's boys basketball coach, Doug Galloway, has been relieved of his duties because of an incident involving such forced sexual contact between students during a team basketball camp June 28-30 at Western Washington University.
While the incident is still being investigated by the school district, Galloway has already been removed from his position as basketball coach - with district officials contending the now former coach provided a lack of supervision during the camp.
According to a story by Meg Wochnick in The Olympian, citing Olympia School District spokesman Ryan Betz, the "inappropriate behavior" involving players - which isn't being described any further because of student-privacy laws - went down June 29 at Western while Galloway attended a university-sanctioned event.
From The Olympian:
Betz said: "the head coach didn't provide adequate supervision to ensure the safety and well-being of the students at the camp," adding that the students were not supervised by Olympia School District staff members.
"The big thing here is the health and well-being and safety of the students are our top priority," Betz said.
A Western Washington University police log obtained by The Olympian via a public-records request reveals that a report was filed at 5:09 p.m. June 30 regarding an incident at the university's Ridgeway Alpha residence hall.
Reached by phone Wednesday by The Olympian, Galloway, a former Capital High School student himself, thanked his supporters but declined to go into details about exactly what transpired.
"The school district felt this was what had to be done," Galloway told the paper. "I wish it hadn't happened, but it did."
The Olympian reports Galloway will stay on at Capitol High as a P.E. teacher and head girls golf coach.