Ferris High School (Spokane, Wash.) coach Jim Sharkey was suspended back in February for reportedly taking part in a lewd activity at a leader camp last summer. However, the details are just now coming out via the Spokesman-Review and they make it sound like a suspension wasn’t even close to enough.
The newspaper reported the specifics of allegations over the weekend after obtaining notes from Spokane public schools about the complaints. This is one that will disturb parents and children alike and will raise the question of how Sharkey wasn’t immediately fired:
“A couple of weeks after the camp, a Ferris player came forward and said that while Sharkey was grilling, he turned with his exposed penis inside a hot dog bun. Sharkey said, “You think that is a big dog – take a look at this,” according to school records that listed multiple different versions of the same quote.
While the coach got a written reprimand and was allowed to coach this past fall, school officials placed him on administrative leave Feb. 1 after more players claimed to have seen the hot dog incident and other students brought up separate incidents of questionable behavior by the 11-year teacher and coach.”
He was also accused of drinking alcohol in front of players at the camp, and calling a female student a “puck slut” or “puck bunny,” because she was friends with hockey players who attended the school. The reports also said a student alleged that football players would gang up on a player on his birthday and shove their fingers in the player’s anus, which they called “juicing.” The complaint said no adults knew about these incidents.
Sharkey denied drinking at the camp, but said that he saw other adults doing so, per the reports. He also denied the “juicing” incidents and the Spokesman-Review wrote that he said, “I would not allow this. No way. You better have dates and times of the juicing – if you say 10-15 times – you just better be able to tell me exactly when, who.”
The 50-year old football coach and school officials have declined to talk about what happened at the camp as rumors have circulated. School officials acknowledged the investigation Friday after releasing public documents requested by the Spokesman-Review.