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Parent of football player in bathroom sex incident: 'This is the school district's fault'

Posted at 10:14 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 06:27:31-04

Parents are questioning whether the right people are being held accountable for the South Fort Myers High School bathroom sex incident involving several football players and 15-year-old girl.

Head football coach Anthony Dixon was dismissed from the district after the incident.

The mother of one of the football players didn't want to be identified, but said her son was in the bathroom during the sex incident.

"When he walked out of the stall, he was shocked to see her. Boys were in the bathroom," the mother said.

At first, the mom said she didn't know what to think, but after reading a packet from the school district, including her son's statement, she said she knows Dixon isn't to blame. She blames the district and school administration.

"I feel this is the school district's fault because this girl needed a lot of help, and the mother did also tell the school that she did have problems, and she was put in this situation. And they denied and not helped her whatsoever," the mom said.

Four in Your Corner received an email from the girl's mother to Superintendent Greg Adkins, saying "I contacted the school and advised them of my daughter's circumstances, and at that point in time, the correct action would have been to hold a staff meeting to make sure everyone was aware ... This was not done."

Coach Dixon told investigators on the day of the incident he saw a girl lingering by the football players during the study hall. When he questioned her, she said she was with the Fellowship Christian Athletes meeting. An assistant coach's statements back Dixon's claim.

A source close to the investigation told Fox 4 the girl Dixon spoke with is the same girl in the bathroom incident.

Parents are wondering why the person supervising the meeting, and the girl, isn't being held accountable.

"This is wrong, what they're doing," the mom said.

Four in Your Corner's Lisa Greenberg reached out to the school district to see if the staff member presiding over the Fellowship Christian Athletes meeting has received any discipline in this case. A spokesperson said she has not.