The football season has come to an end for grades 9 through 12 team members.
A notice went out to parents Wednesday, September 29, around 3:30 p.m. The subject line was titled : Football Program Announcement
The email said:
As we have stated previously, we learned of alleged serious misconduct that is contrary to the basic elements of being RailStrong, which includes “doing the right thing at all times even when no one is watching” and “representing yourself, your family, your school, and your community in a positive way at all times”.
In order to enable us to do our due diligence and to give us the opportunity to properly investigate the allegations, we have made the decision to end our 9-12 grade football team activities for the season. Please know that this decision was not made hastily, and it was made with consultation with the Proctor Police Department, the Minnesota State High School League, the Proctor Public Schools Crisis Team, and legal counsel.
We will take action against substantiated misconduct and we will address any and all problems in the football program; we are absolutely confident that when the program resumes next season, we will be RailStrong by representing our families, school, and community in a positive way both on and off the field and by doing the right thing at all times.
Police were alerted September 17 to an alleged incident.
Superintendent John Engelking said in an earlier statement, “Proctor Public Schools has been made aware of student misconduct on the Proctor High School Football Team. The Proctor Police Department is currently investigating the misconduct with the full cooperation of Proctor Public Schools. At this point, the specific allegations and the nature of the complaint are not public data. Because student data is protected under the Minnesota Data Privacy Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we can’t comment further on the investigation.”
Proctor varsity was to host Aitkin this week and travel to Pine City on Oct. 1. The Rails have lost their past four games by a score of 182-30. Homecoming is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8 against Hermantown.