Rockford HS football players at center of school investigation

The football field at Rockford High School.
The football field at Rockford High School.


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — There’s an investigation underway into allegations that players on Rockford High School’s varsity football team violated the athletic code of conduct.

“As soon as the investigation is completed, we’ll determine who needs to be assigned a consequence,” said Ryan Kelley, assistant superintendent for curriculum.

Kelley would not provide further details about the situation, but said that district leaders launched the investigation last week.

Administrators met Monday night with individual players and their parents to try to gather information about what occurred.

“We’re going to talk to every single player, coach and administrator,” said Kelley.

“No one’s been suspended yet… We’ve got to conduct a thorough investigation,” Kelley added.

Kelley said that, as far as he knows, police have not been contacted regarding the allegations. He also said the investigation focuses solely on Rockford High School’s varsity football team and does not involve any other teams, schools or districts.

Superintendent Mike Shibler was out of the office Tuesday and unavailable for comment. Other administrators would not release additional information about the investigation.

“It would not be right for me to talk to anyone before we are done investigating,” said Doug Vanderjagt, assistant superintendent of human resources.

“I would hate for our kids to feel like we are not giving them the benefit of a full investigation before making any comment,” he added.