Jenkins Independent holds closed meeting

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

In less than a week, The Jenkins Independent School System, their superintendent, and their football coach are scheduled for arraignment in Letcher County for allegedly failing to report a hazing incident.

Thursday, The Jenkins Independent School Board held a special called meeting to discuss the pending litigation against the school with their attorney.

Once the meeting was called to order, the discussion was closed to the public.

The school, their Superintendent Debby Watts, and their football coach Larry Maggard are all charged with failing to report an alleged hazing incident that occurred at the high school last year.

After the meeting adjourned, their attorney said they could not comment at this time.

But, in November of last year, a WYMT reporter interviewed Superintendent Watts about the allegations.

WYMT asked her if the administration was sluggish in reporting the incident.

Watts replied, "When we found out about it we started investigating it and was trying to find out what happened, and so we would know what had happened. The police are investigating this."

In that interview Watts also said that bullying and hazing are not acceptable in the Jenkins Independent School System.

The arraignment is set for next Thursday.

The school's attorney Jonathan Shaw says he might be able to comment then.

We will keep following the story.


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