The parent who alleges football coach Drew Takacs hit his son during a practice last month voiced his displeasure at the state of the investigation during Tuesday night’s Lake Shore School Board meeting.
Craig Hutchinson read a prepared statement to district superintendent Dr. James Przepasniak and the school board during the public comment portion of the session, questioning whether the district was doing its best to look into the allegation that his son Branden, a junior lineman, was injured after being blindsided at full speed during a walk-through demonstration.
“Our son was physically abused by a school employee,” Hutchinson said. “We have not received an invitation by the superintendent to discuss the matter. Only an alleged third party investigator from the law firm (Harris Beach) representing the school district (talked to us). Really, is this the best you can do? We are taxpayers, parents and life-long members of this community. We deserve better.
“We are appalled at the response by the superintendent’s office, the Lake Shore School Board of Education and your so-called third-party investigator.”
District spokesman Josh Gregory said: “the investigation is still underway and that’s where we’re at right now.”
Gregory declined any further comment because the matter is considered a “personnel issue.”
Hutchinson claims the blow was retaliation for an email he sent to a district official criticizing Takacs’ play-calling in a 19-14 loss to Hamburg on Sept. 15. Hutchinson filed a complaint with the police but no charges have been filed.
Craig Hutchinson said he plans to continue going to board meetings until the investigation is concluded. The next one is Nov. 7.
"I’m going to keep the pressure on them," he said. "Until we get an answer I'm going to keep on top of them."