Grand Blanc Township police investigating incident in football locker room

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GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (9/25/2018) - Last Monday after football practice at Grand Blanc East Middle School, something happened in the locker room involving at least two 8th graders and two 7th graders. There was no adult supervision.

"I can't tell you what happened right now. We're still reaching out to some witnesses; and, I certainly don't want to interfere with their talking to us in reference to the incident," Grand Blanc Township Police Chief Ron Wiles said.

But, the Chief admits whatever happened is serious enough that his department was asked to investigate.

"Potentially it is serious; and, something that you certainly don't want anyone to have to go through," he added.

In a letter obtained by ABC12 that was sent to the middle school's coaches, it's clear the incident sparked change. In the letter, the principal wrote, "No students will be allowed in the locker room without their coaches, moving forward."

He continued saying at a meeting the following day, he'd be "talking to the students about appropriate behavior in the locker room before allowing the coaches to dismiss their students for practice."

Then, on Thursday, all coaches were to meet to discuss student supervision.

When asked if he was expecting the students to face criminal charges, Chief Wiles replied, "I think it's probably too early to see, or to say. I can tell you that we're taking the incident seriously. We're gathering all the information that we can we want to talk to anyone that has any information. If there's people we haven't contacted and you have information, please let us know."

And as the investigation continues, Chief Wiles is asking parents to speak to their students. He said, "Make good decisions. These decisions could follow you around for a lifetime. You know, middle school age, you're getting ready for high school, then college and you'd hate to have something happen now when you're so young, that could follow you into your high school year and your college years."

The Chief expects their report will be handed over to the prosecutor by the end of the week.

It's not clear when those potential charges would be announced.

The Superintendent is not commenting at this time.



 
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