CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) - A case of bullying at Carmel High School is now a criminalinvestigation.
I-Team 8 broke the story when three senior basketball playerswere suspended for five days for
Just last week, both Carmel High School Principal John Williamsand Carmel Police said the case would not rise to criminalcharges.
"I'm still pretty confident with what happened on that bus andour knowledge of what took place on the bus. If things changed, itmay involve other things than just that incident on that bus," saidWilliams.
Williams denies claims that parents had called the schoolcomplaining earlier in the year about the ongoing bullying.
Schools are required by Indiana law to have a policy designed tostop bullying.
Williams acknowledged there were coaches on the bus at the timeof the alleged incident.
"(The coaches) heard a noise and talked to the students aboutbeing quiet and they were quiet the rest of the way home," saidWilliams.
Monday night, at the Carmel school board meeting, there was nopublic comment on the now criminal investigation. But board membersspoke along with the superintendant.
Carmel Superintendent Jeff Swensson said, "We follow theevidence. Whatever the evidence reveals that’s what we wantto deal with."
"It's a policy that needs to be enforced. Zerotolerance...that's as simple as it is," said Paul Calabrese of theCarmel School Board.
The three players did not play in last Friday's basketballgame.
I-Team 8 has requested the video from the bus that night. Therehas been no firm answer regarding the tape but I-Team 8 was told itmay not exist, since the incident happened three weeks before itcame to light.
One school board member said Monday night he believes theplayers have been suspended from playing basketball for the rest ofthe year. However, I-Team 8 could not confirm it.
Also, a parent of one of the senior boys accused says there isanother side to the story but the parent couldn't go into detailyet.
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