By Jeff Noble / Staff writer
On Wednesday afternoon, the Corbin Independent Schools released a statement concerning an incident that the parent of a Corbin High School football player said happened between his son and the team's head coach.
The statement began, "On October 16 2012, a Central Office Administrator with Corbin Independent School District was notified that a parent, or group of parents, may be upset with disciplinary action allegedly imposed by the Corbin High School Football Coaching Staff.
The Central Office Administrator immediately notified Corbin High School Principal John Derek Faulconer and Athletic Director Thom Smith and asked that they investigate the situation.
At this time, that investigation is incomplete, therefore, we can offer no further information on the matter until the investigation has concluded.
Corbin Independent Schools supports community efforts in raising awareness of all health issues," the statement concluded.
In Wednesday's Times-Tribune, Bob O'Neill, who is the father of Redhound defensive cornerback Austin O'Neill, said his son was punished for wearing a pink hand towel and gloves during last Friday's game with Bell County. Mr. O'Neill added his son wore the towel and gloves to honor members of his family and friends who have cancer, in observance of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Corbin High Head Football Coach Steve Jewell said O'Neill's son was punished for a dress code violation that is not part of team policy, that Austin did not obey the uniform policy, did not have prior permission, did not ask, and that the action was what he called, "basically an internal dress code violation."
A call to Susie Hart, who handles Public Relations for the Corbin Independent Schools, seeking confirmation that the statement is in regards to the incident reported Wednesday, was not returned as of press time.
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