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EXCLUSIVE: KETK disproves 'clerical error' statement regarding PTISD Athletic Policy

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 4:26pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 9:27am

According to other media sources, Pine Tree Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Derek Fitzhenry, has confirmed he is the responsible party regarding the changing of the Pine Tree Athletic Policy concerning how situations dealing with felonies are handled.

Another media source reported Fitzhenry said he changed the policy in April 2013, and it was a "clerical error" that caused the information to not be updated on the PTISD website.

KETK has obtained a hard-copy of the original 2013-2014 PTISD Student Handbook which was handed out to students at the beginning of the school year, disproving this statement.

In this hard-copy, on page 55, it reads: 

"Students charged with felony offenses will not be permitted to participate in PTHS athletics. Felony convictions will result in a one-year suspension."

Which is exactly what was online, before the afternoon of October 2, when the wording was altered.

Since KETK's exclusive report of the change on Tuesday, the district has since changed the felony policy back to the original statement.

In a statement sent to KETK from PTISD, they confirmed the alterations were made without administrative approval.

Superintendent Farler would not confirm to KETK if Fitzhenry was the one who made the alterations, and Board President Charley Peck said he was unaware of any admissions from the Athletic Director.

KETK has attempted to contact Fitzhenry, but to no avail.

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I think the Pine Tree taxpayers need to know what is going on and parents with kids in the district need to know what to expect within the school system. Great Job!

Wow. What integrity & ethics this athletic director possesses as a leader for the youth of Pine Tree athletes.

and now you wonder why I said someone other than the school needed to investigate the incident this clown was involved in....the pushing of a student.....this is proof that he is a liar. he need to be fired plain and simple.

KETK, why can't you find some real news? Do someone have a relative in a team that's been beat by Pine Tree this year, is that your problem?

the problem is telling lies. Don't y'all go to a Christian church in Pinetree?

I've always found the truth to BE real news. Keep up the great work KETK. The truth will set us free.

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