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Posted January 3, 2012
Charges confirmed in Lisbon wrestling controversy

LISBON — According to KCRG-TV9, Linn County Attorney Jerry Vandersanden confirmed Tuesday that the Lisbon Police Department has submitted for consideration criminal charges in a case involving members of the Lisbon wrestling team.

Vandersanden told KCRG-TV9 he has requested additional information about the case, that Lisbon Superintendent Brad Laures called a “student behavior issue”, before officially filing charges.

Lisbon canceled a double dual Dec. 22 and at least one official practice, stemming for the issue. Administrators met with members of the wrestling program, including parents, wrestlers and coaches, on Tuesday, Dec. 27. In the meeting, Laures said they discussed ethics, character and school expectations of student athletes.

After the meeting, Laures declined to talk about whether any wrestlers were suspended from the team, how many were involved or if the issue involved anyone from outside of the program, citing a policy involving student records.

“Lisbon Community School District takes any accusation of bullying or harassment very seriously,” Laures said at the high school shortly after the closed-door meeting with those associated with the program. “We will continue to follow school policy … to make sure the school environment is safe for all students.”

Lisbon is expected to compete Thursday at Durant.

You can read KCRG-TV9′s update on the situation here.

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