Pine Tree athletics handbook changes, superintendent unaware
POSTED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 11:20am
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 2:10pm
Longview, Texas (KETK) — On Wednesday, October 2nd, in the online version of the Pine Tree ISD Athletics handbook, the section concerning athletes charged with felonies was reworded, and according to the district superintendent, she knew nothing about it
When KETK spoke with superintendent Dr. T.J. Farler, she said she was not aware of any of this, but would look into it and get back with us in a couple of days.
But, here is what we found last week.
At 5:49 p.m., last Wednesday, the Pine Tree online Athletic handbook read as follows in concerns to felonies:
"Students charged with felony offenses will not be permitted to participate in PTHS athletics. Felony convictions will result in a one-year suspension."
However, when we checked back four minutes later, at 5:53 p.m., the policy had been reworded to say the following:
"Students charged with felony offenses will not be permitted to participate in PTHS athletics until a formal hearing has taken place or the student has pled innocent. Also if the hearing has not occurred within 5 months, and the student has served all days in DEAP, the AD and coordinators will review the case for reinstatement until a formal hearing takes place. After the formal hearing, the case will be reviewed for participation. Felony convictions will result in a one-year suspension."
According to Dr. Farler, all changes to a school handbook are subject to administrative approval, and Friday night, a Pine Tree football player, who according to Gregg County officials and the Kilgore Police Department, has been charged with a felony, played for the Pirates against the Nacogdoches Dragons.
Mugshot of Jarvis Walls from the Gregg County Sheriff's Office.
Jarvis Walls was arrested back in May, accused of sexual assault. Kilgore Police tell KETK, Walls allegedly held a female down by her arms and forced sex on her against her will.
According to Gregg County his court date has not yet been set.
But, on Friday in Nacogdoches, Walls, number 14, was on the field for the Pirates.
It's not clear what punishment Walls received from the school district.
According to Gregg County jail records, he was arrested on May 27th
KETK is still waiting for a response from the school district concerning this issue.