'Action plan' announced after Maple Grove hockey incident

8:10 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - Hockey coach Gary Stefano and school officials from Maple Grove Senior High announced an "action plan" Thursday for how the district will move forward after an incident that left thirteen of the Varsity hockey team members suspended.

The incident reportedly occurred at a private home in December. Maple Grove Senior High Officials, however, did not learn of the incident until January 14. They immediately began an investigation.

Principal Sara Vernig, along with the District Administrator in charge of athletics, Wendy Loberg, said they plan to hold meetings with winter coaches from all sports within the next two weeks. They will reinforce the school's "Code of Honor and promote character. They also plan to gather anonymous surveys from students.

No one from the Osseo School District will comment on the specifics of the incident that led to the hockey team suspensions citing data privacy laws. However, Coach Stefano called it the "worst experience" of his coaching career and said the behavior was unacceptable.

Vernig said the incident is no longer under investigation and their focus now is moving forward.

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