Klamath Co. School Dist. responds to protest, allegations

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A protest took place outside of Mazama High School in Klamath County Monday, over a situation involving a local club baseball team.

The Klamath Falls Falcons were competing in a Babe Ruth World Series tournament in Ephrata, Washington in August. The team forfeited their last game after an incident involving some of their players.

The details about the situation remain unclear.

According to the Klamath County School District, the Ephrata Police Department is investigating the case.

In a statement, the district said it is not affiliated with or sponsors the team. However, they are working with EPD and their own attorney.

Klamath County School District is aware of an incident involving Klamath Falls Falcons baseball players that occurred in early August during the Babe Ruth World Series in Ephrata, Wash. KCSD has confirmed that the Ephrata Police Department is handling the case.

The Klamath Falls Falcons baseball team is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Klamath County School District. The district is following the advice of the Ephrata Police Department and our attorney on what actions are appropriate and legal in this situation. Safety of students remains the district’s top priority.

As a mandatory reporter, it is a school district’s responsibility to report any incidents (even if they are not school or district related) to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The district called and confirmed that the incident had been reported to the Ephrata Police Department (EPD).

KCSD is following the direction of the EPD. EPD informed us any involvement from the district would interfere with their investigation.

People are asking us to punish students for allegations unrelated to any school- or district-sponsored activity. This is a legal matter, and it is inappropriate for the district to issue sanctions without having results from the investigating authority. We have taken necessary steps, and will continue to take steps, to ensure the safety of all students.

In response to NBC5’s request for comment, Ephrata PD said it would not comment, as it remains an active investigation.

This remains a developing story and more details will be released, as it becomes available.

UPDATE: 9/13/2022 This article has been edited to reflect that a protest was not held at Henley High School that NBC5 News is aware of. The district’s full statement was also added.

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