No further action in Kennewick High band case

Tri-City HeraldDecember 12, 2013 

Washington education officials say they plan no further action in connection with allegations that Kennewick High School band members bullied and sexually harassed members of another band at a competition.

State safety coordinators talked with superintendents and principals in Kennewick and the St. Helens School District, said state education spokeswoman Kristen Jaudon, and both sides have agreed that lessons were learned and the situation is resolved.

Some members of the Kennewick High band admitted they gave "pats" or "slaps" on the backsides of members of the St. Helens High School band during a competition in Yakima in October.

Kennewick district officials said the students were disciplined, and an apology was sent to the St. Helens High band.

A letter sent to the Herald and the Washington State Board of Education and signed by the "St. Helens Band Patrons Parent Organization" called for disclosure of how students were punished. The letter also said Kennewick school officials were dismissive of the allegations.

State education officials said it's not clear who actually sent the letter, and parent leaders connected to the student band have denied authoring it. No one else has stepped forward and claimed to have written it.

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