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El Paso County Colorado District 49

FHS, District 49 concludes investigation into misconduct

Editorís note: The following is D 49ís latest response to news reports related to an investigation of the Falcon High School football team.†Members of the FHS family, thank you for your messages and attention as we processed through the recent investigation into misconduct within the FHS football program.†We have completed the districtís part of the investigation, and are ready to reset the season and move forward with team activities and competition.†Coach Josh Flores has agreed to complete the season as Interim Head Coach, and we are grateful for his leadership.Some students have received appropriate consequences for misconduct and are proceeding through our restorative process. While we will not discuss any of those cases†specifically, our restorative approach is that students who accept consequences and seek restitution should rejoin the larger community in good standing. That path will look†different for each individual and may not include reinstatement to the team or leadership roles.†Our team culture and safety also depends on player leadership that reflects the positive character of Falcon football. The revelation of hazing and harassment has reminded†us that our system depends on individuals having the courage to care for each other, even when that care might create some personal discomfort or risk.Coach Flores and I will meet with the team on Monday to give our student-athletes definite closure to these incidents while also resetting expectations for the rest of the†season. We will ask all athletes and their parents to recommit to behavioral expectations in the FHS athletic handbook.In closing, it bears repeating that the safety of students, families, and staff on our campuses is non-negotiable. We encourage all of our students and families to stay alert†and report any suspicious activity. We thank you for your trust, understanding, and support in this matter.†Sincerely,†Darryl E. BondsPrincipal, Falcon High School

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