Great Bend USD 428 administrators released a statement Wednesday afternoon, commenting on Sheriff Brian Bellendir’s news conference. It reads:
“Earlier today, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir completed his investigation into the USD 428 school bus incident that occurred on Feb. 3, 2016, and has forwarded his findings to the Barton County Attorney’s Office. The district fully appreciates the seriousness of the allegations and is as concerned about them as our students, their parents and our community is.
“The district is not involved in the criminal process. As we have indicated before, the district is prohibited from disclosing the names or any details regarding disciplinary actions taken.
“Information concerning changes in practices and policies made by the district regarding student supervision has previously been provided to the public. We will continue to focus on the safety and well-being of all of our students.
“We ask for the community’s support of all the children and families involved as the legal process plays out.”
The statement was distributed by USD 428’s public information officer and the letterhead listed the top three administrators: Superintendent Bradley Reed and Assistant Superintendents Khris Thexton and John Popp.