As you may recall, Capital High School's boys basketball coach, Doug Galloway, was relieved of his coaching duties because of an incident involving "forced sexual contact" between students during a team basketball camp June 28-30 at Western Washington University. School district officials contend that while Galloway attended a university-sanctioned event - leaving the team without "adequate supervision" - some of his players engaged in what's ambiguously described as an act of hazing.
According to a story from late August 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 y district officials because of student-privacy laws - went down June 29 at Western while Galloway attended a university-sanctioned event.
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.
This, in turn, led the Olympia School District to remove Galloway - a 1984 Capital grad - from his position as boys' basketball coach. Interestingly, however, Galloway was not removed from his gig as a PE teacher and girls' golf coach.
Now, as Q13 and others have reported, many Capital High School parents are coming to Galloway's defense, via the time honored tradition of supportive t-shirts.
As Q13 reports:
But many parents are actively backing the coach. They've made 160 supportive T-shirts and they plan to back him at a meeting next Monday.
"All the community, parents, families and friends' support have been phenomenal," Galloway said.
Shari Cox`s son is on the basketball team. Her son was not involved in the incident, she said, which she described as a hazing incident.
"The ultimate responsibility that took place is on the kids themselves, and there should be action taken on them," Cox said.
Other parents told the School Board that district officials have failed to share enough information about the situation, and that the students involved in the camp incident, not the coach, should be held accountable.
While it's hard not to question the district's decision making, considering the fact Galloway is still a PE coach and girls' golf coach, so far the district shows no signs of budging.