Following exclusive report, PTISD changes Athletic Policy again
POSTED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 11:45am
UPDATED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 9:27am
No party has taken responsibility for change in either instance.
Longview, Texas (KETK) —
Following an exclusive story made public by KETK on Monday, the Pine Tree Independent School District has once again changed their athletic policy.
On Wednesday, October 2, the section concerning felonies in the Pine Tree ISD Athletics Handbook was changed from its original version.
Monday night, the policy stated 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."
KETK spoke with PTISD Superintendent, Dr. T.J. Farler, who said she was never made aware of the policy change and all changes are subject to administrative approval.
When KETK checked Tuesday afternoon, around 12:26 p.m., the policy has once again been changed back to the original version stating the following:
"Students charged with felony offenses will not be permitted to participate in PTHS athletics. Felony convictions will result in a one-year suspension."
KETK spoke to Pine Tree ISD about the restoration. School officials released the following statement to us on Tuesday:
"The PTISD Athletic Handbook 2013-2014 was posted on the district web page at the beginning of the school year as approved by district administration.
The Superintendent was notified that changes were made to the Athletic Handbook and that a revised version was published online, Wednesday, October 2, 2013. The revised version was published without administrative approval. The original wording for the handbook has been restored today, Tuesday, October 8, 2013. PTISD will follow the procedures stated in the original handbook that was published at the beginning of the year and is now currently published online."
As far as we know, there has been no person(s) who has/have taken responsibility for the sudden initial change to the policy.
The original change allowed a Pine Tree Pirate football player who had been charged with a felony to take the field Friday night against Nacogdoches.
Mugshot of Jarvis Walls from the Gregg County Sheriff's Office.
Jarvis Walls, #14 for the Pirates, was charged with sexual assault stemming from a May 2013 incident.
According to the Gregg County Sheriff's Office and the Kilgore Police Department, Walls is accused of holding down a female by her arms and forcing sex upon her.
A trial date for Walls has not yet been set.
KETK will have more on the policy revisions tonight on KETK News at 5, 6 and 10.