Two Juanita football coaches have been placed on paid administrative leave while the Lake Washington School District continues an investigation into an alleged assault of a student at the high school on Oct. 22. The incident resulted in the arrest of four Juanita High School students, but charges have not been filed, principal Gary Moed said in a letter emailed to parents Friday afternoon.
Moed sent the letter to provide an update and “reiterate my commitment to keep the safety of students as our top priority.” In the letter, Moed said that Craig Peterson will act as the interim head coach for the football team Saturday when the Rebels host Sumner in a 3A playoff game.
The letter did not name the two coaches that were placed on paid administrative leave. Shaun Tarantola has been head coach since 2008.
A Seattle Times report from Oct. 24, citing KING5, identified the victim of the sexual assault as an 18-year-old male and special-education student. The report states that four students, all underclassmen, were jabbing the alleged victim with a broom in a locker room.
A news release by Kirkland Police Lt. Mike Murray said the student told his family he’d been assaulted. The four underclassmen could face charges of attempted sexual abuse, Murray said. A spokesman for the school district told KING5 that school authorities were investigating why police were not called right away after the alleged victim told a coach about the assault.
“Because of student privacy protections, I cannot provide as much information as many parents and community members have expressed they would like, including information on student discipline,” Moed wrote. “As a school and a district we are committed to a complete and comprehensive investigation of the incident, to be followed by appropriate actions. We will also continue the work we have been doing as a staff to ensure a positive and welcoming environment for all at Juanita High School.”