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Woodrow Wilson principal releases statement about Tuesday’s incident at Greenbrier East

(WVVA) The principal of Woodrow Wilson High School, Rockey Powell, has released a statement following Tuesday night's incident at Greenbrier East High School. On Tuesday, the game between the Lady Flying Eagles and Lady Spartans abruptly ended, due to an altercation between a Beckley assistant coach and a Greenbrier East fan.

The statement is as follows:

As many are aware, the Woodrow Wilson High School girls’ basketball team experienced an unfortunate event at Greenbrier East High School earlier this week. During a timeout taken in the fourth quarter of the game, a WWHS assistant coach approached his administrator and asked the administrator to address an opposing fan who had been using derogatory language and gestures towards him throughout the game. At no time did the assistant coach enter the stands. At no time did the assistant coach engage in a physical altercation with the opposing fan.

During the continued timeout, the referees made the decision to call the game. In the following days, five WWHS basketball team members were suspended for two games. Our girls were not part of any altercation; however, the WVSSAC chose to administer discipline based on its determination that they left the bench during the timeout.

Immediately following the game and in the days thereafter, Woodrow Wilson High School students have been subjected to unfortunate and inappropriate remarks by the coach of the Greenbrier East High School girls’ basketball team. The remarks show complete lack of respect for our students and coaches. We are proud of how our players and coaches have conducted themselves in the last few days throughout these unfortunate circumstances.

I want to thank the students and staff of Woodrow Wilson High School, the city of Beckley, Raleigh County, and the broader community and state for their support throughout this challenging week. The WWHS girls’ basketball team will finish this season strong and continue to make all Flying Eagles proud.

-Rockey Powell, Principal Woodrow Wilson High School

Ashley Smith

Multimedia Journalist

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