Yuma Teachers Arrest Sends " Shockwave" Through School District
Yuma, AZ - Yuma Union High School District Superintendent, Toni Badone's office releases the following statement regarding the arrest of a Yuma High School teacher for ten counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor:
Michael Cox, Yuma High School teacher and athletic trainer, will not be at school tomorrow. His arrest sent a shockwave through the school district today. Superintendent Badone confirmed that Mr. Cox has been reassigned and excluded from school property until further notice. YUHSD officials have also contacted the Arizona Department of Education certification department.
Yuma High School administrators cooperated quickly with Yuma Police Department earlier today, and then asked for assistance in communicating with teachers and staff. A meeting with all teachers was held and procedures were outlined to support students and staff. Also, campus administrators and the school resource officer reviewed mandatory reporting processes. Counselors will be available on Wednesday, the first day of school for students and staff. Antelope Union High School District is assisting with counselor support on Wednesday at Yuma High School.
Campus officials met with coaches following the staff meeting today since Mr. Cox served as the athletic trainer for Yuma High School. In an earlier meeting, athletic directors and athletic trainers from other schools in the district met to develop a plan to support Yuma High athletes during the Fall season. Baseline testing for concussion protocols, helmet fittings, wet bulb readings and other pre-season responsibilities normally performed by the athletic trainer are being shared by Yuma High coaches with support from sister schools.
Yuma Union High School District employs over 900 people, all of whom must submit fingerprints and be cleared through Department of Public Safety. Volunteers, with the exception of parents, are also required to be cleared through the Department of Public Safety.
YUHSD appreciates the support from Yuma Police Department and Antelope Union High School District, as well as the larger community.
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