Arnold volleyball players show support for Wesley

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Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 08:11 PM.

PANAMA CITY — Volleyball players from Arnold arrived en masse to show support for their embattled coach, Karisa Wesley, at a meeting of the Bay District School Board on Tuesday.

Wesley has been suspended with pay from her post as Arnold’s volleyball coach and athletic director following an investigation by the school district that alleged that Wesley had sexual relationships with a former student, Eddie Williams, and the school’s head coach of the boys basketball and weightlifting programs, Bobby Britton.

The School Board met Tuesday to determine if further disciplinary actions were necessary, including suspending Wesley without pay and moving toward termination,. The board ultimately elected to postpone its decision up to 60 days to allow for further investigation.

“We’re definitely thankful they made this decision,” Arnold senior volleyball player Madi Wichterman said. “It’s in the best interests of everyone. We will get the truth. We will know what happened, and there will be no gray area where there is now.”

None of Arnold’s current players spoke out in front of the School Board, but parents of players did, as did Arnold teachers and former volleyball players from the school. Wichterman’s father, Jim, was among those who voiced his support for Wesley.

One of Arnold’s top volleyball players, Emma Moskowitz, said that there was “no question” that the team would rally around Wesley. Moskowitz was one of more than two dozen Arnold players in attendance, each of them there during school hours after collecting signatures from their parents excusing their absences.

“Right when we found out (about the accusations facing Wesley), it was ‘What can I do to help?’” said Moskowitz, a senior.

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