Bixby parent speaks out at Bixby School Board meeting on sexual assault allegations "I'm frustrated"

Posted at 9:55 PM, Dec 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 05:54:40-05

BIXBY, Okla. - Bixby's Board of Education held its first regularly scheduled meeting since its second special meeting last week concerning it sexual assault investigation.

The last meeting resulted in no action against any of the officials being investigated.

“I’ve also been very frustrated, embarrassed, and disheartened by the inaction of this board," said Bixby mother of three Elizabeth Rahal. 

She took to the podium and did not hold back. 

“I’m frustrated when my kids come home and tell me 'Mom, the kids who were accused of doing this are still walking the halls of my school,'" she told the board. 

Her frustration stemming from an investigation that's left many asking questions. 

“What are you doing to hold those in authority responsible for their delay, for not protecting the student who made these allegations?”

An affidavit from local authorities saying a Bixby football player claimed he was sexually assaulted by four of his teammates at Superintendent Kyle Wood's home. 

Investigators say the district delayed reporting it to police.

“Who knows what emails, voicemails and texts were deleted in the time it took them to report it and get it to the proper authorities? It’s disgusting.”

Now this mother is worried about the safety of her children. 

“Because I can’t explain why it’s been a month and a half, and our superintendent and our principal who delayed, are still working.”

The board's president standing by his view. 

“This is a great school district guys, there’s a lot of great things going on here," said Board of Education President Ron Schnare. 

He said the board isn't delaying action. 

“We’re not putting it off, but you’ve got to get to a point where you’re fully informed and you can act on what you need to act on.”

But Rahal isn't so sure. 

“Your loyalty does not lie with Dr. Wood or Principal Adams. It lies with me, it lies with every person in this district, and every child in our schools," she said. 

2 Works for you asked Schnare what he would say to parents who are frustrated like she is.

"Well, that’s hard to answer," he said. 

He said to trust the process, but this parent said the process needs to work, and soon. 

“And I would hope before this Christmas break you guys would do the right thing.”

Superintendent Kyle Wood was noticeably absent from the meeting. 

The board said in a statement it will announce what action it's decided to take next week, but the president could not say what day the meeting will take place. 

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