BLACKFOOT – The Blackfoot School District School Board announced in a press release they have placed Coach Jonathan Packer on administrative leave from his coaching duties effective December 23, 2010 pending the investigation and review of the hazing incidents.
Blackfoot School Board released the following statement:
"Effective December 23, 2010, the Board has placed Coach Jonathan Packer on administrative leave from his coaching duties pending the investigation and review of the hazing incidents which allegedly occurred during certain athletic events under Coach Packer’s supervision. In so doing, the Board emphasizes that it has made no determination with respect to the merits or lack of merits of the hazing allegations nor with respect to the adequacy of supervision at the time these incidents occurred. The Board also wishes to make clear that it is aware of no evidence indicating that Coach Packer was aware of the hazing."
"This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution until a full, complete and thorough investigation of the matter can be made. The District will fully cooperate with the law enforcement authorities in this matter and will determine an appropriate course of action once the investigation and criminal proceedings have been concluded."