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  • No criminal charges filed in abuse hotline complaint
    Wednesday, April 13, 2022 9:00 AM
    No Huntsville School District administrator will be charged for failing to contact the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline immediately after learning of sexual-abuse allegations, according to findings by Capt. Russell Alberts in a Madison County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022 9:00 AM
    Attendance at depositions in an ongoing Title IX lawsuit against the Huntsville School District will be limited to students, their parents and attorneys, and plaintiff and her attorneys, and unredacted transcripts of the depositions will be sealed, according to an order filed last Friday by U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks. 
  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 9:00 AM
    After learning that the Huntsville School Board was close to violating a court order, Huntsville School District Superintendent Audra Kimball scheduled a last-minute training session held Monday night after the board’s regular meeting.
  • Wednesday, January 5, 2022 9:06 AM
    Two significant decisions in the Huntsville School District’s ongoing Title IX saga were handed down last week. 
  • Decision handed down in Title IX case
    Wednesday, January 5, 2022 9:00 AM
    A decision maker in the Huntsville School District’s months-long second Title IX investigation concluded three players on the 2019-2020 junior high basketball team committed sexual harassment but expulsion of the players was “not warranted.”
  • Judge denies request by district for gag order
    Wednesday, January 5, 2022 9:00 AM
    United States District Judge Timothy L. Brooks last week denied the Huntsville School District’s motion seeking to prevent parties in a Title IX lawsuit involving allegations of sexual abuse by members of the Huntsville School District’s basketball team from commenting to the media or posting on social media about the case – essentially a gag order. 
  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021 9:00 AM
    A new decision maker hired last week in the ongoing Title IX investigation into alleged sexual assaults by players on the boys basketball team said he hopes to provide Huntsville School District with a decision of responsibility by the end of the year.
  • Judge issues opinion in FOIA case against HSD
    Wednesday, December 1, 2021 9:00 AM
    An opinion from Fourth Circuit Judge Doug Martin in a Freedom of Information Act case against the Huntsville School District found the district didn’t violate a portion of the law when it asked The Madison County Record General Manager Shannon Hahn to leave an expulsion hearing concerning students who had been alleged to have sexually assaulted teammates on the Huntsville basketball team. 
  • Title IX investigations continue; new complaint filed
    Wednesday, November 24, 2021 9:00 AM
    Another complaint was filed with the Huntsville Police Department in the ongoing actions of Huntsville School District administrators and school board members in the district’s handling of Title IX investigations into the boys’ basketball program.
  • Parent demands school  board resigns
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021 9:00 AM
    A parent frustrated with what he calls continued lack of transparency and failure to protect Huntsville School District students presented a petition with more than 120 signatures demanding the entire school board resign during the school board’s November meeting.
  • Glenn attempts to influence decision
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021 9:00 AM
    The months-long second Huntsville School District Title IX investigation into alleged sexual assaults in the boys’ locker rooms was thrown into a tailspin when decision maker Brian Hogue abruptly withdrew after receiving text messages from longtime school board member Duane Glenn who was attempting to improperly influence Hogue’s decision. 
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2021 9:00 AM
    Both The Madison County Record and a local parent suing the Huntsville School District in U.S. District Court for Title IX violations have filed their responses to a request for a pre-trial publicity gag order in the case.
  • School Board Member Duane Glenn
    Wednesday, November 10, 2021 4:45 PM

    Fayetteville attorney Brian Hogue will no longer be the decision maker in the ongoing months-long Title IX investigation into alleged sexual assaults by members of the Huntsville School District’s boys basketball team after Hogue received a text message in which someone sought to influence his decision.


     
  • No answer given in Huntsville Schools FOIA hearing
    Wednesday, November 10, 2021 9:00 AM

    After nearly five hours of testimony and attorney arguments, Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Doug Martin delayed a decision on whether the Huntsville School District violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by denying a reporter access to an appeals hearing and refusing to tender documents to Witter resident Ben Rightsell.

  • Wednesday, November 10, 2021 9:00 AM
    U.S. Federal District Judge Timothy Brooks on Monday granted The Madison County Record’s motion to intervene in a Title IX lawsuit filed against the Huntsville School District. The Record asked to intervene after the Huntsville School District filed a motion seeking to seal the entire case and seeking an order limiting pre-trial publicity, essentially a gag order. The district asked the court to prohibit attorneys and those involved in the case from speaking to the media and from speaking about the case on social media.
  • Criminal review initiated into
actions by HSD
    Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:00 AM
    Fourth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Matt Durrett said his office has begun a criminal review into whether Huntsville School District administrators notified the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline of sexual assault allegations “immediately” as required by law and into whether the Huntsville School Board and District violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act in not turning over requested documents.
  • Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:00 AM
    The Record expressed its opposition to the Huntsville School District’s motion for a gag order in a lawsuit filed by a parent alleging the district knew about sexual assaults in the boys locker room for two years but did nothing to report or stop them, thereby allowing her son to become a victim. 
  • Parents seek charges in Title IX inquiry
    Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:00 AM
    Fort Smith Attorney Joey McCutchen is asking prosecutors to investigate whether criminal charges should be filed against the Huntsville School District and administrators for what he called “egregious” Arkansas Freedom of Information Act violations and for failing to immediately call the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline after administrators learned of alleged sexual assaults taking place in the boys locker rooms. 
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:00 AM
    On Friday, the Huntsville School District filed a motion asking the court for an order limiting pre-trial publicity in the ongoing Title IX case involving the Huntsville boys basketball program. It is asking the court to direct parties not to comment – even on social medial.
  • Texts show board’s actions and reactions
    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9:00 AM

    This second story in a series looks at the Huntsville School Board’s handling of sexual assault allegations. Last month, The Record focused on the victim’s story as a first in the series.

    In February, the Huntsville School District began the first of two Title IX investigations: one on behalf of the 2020-21 junior high basketball team and another after individual players filed complaints for actions during the 2019-20 season. The investigation into the 2020-21 season ended in May. The 2019-2020 investigation remains ongoing.

  • District says it’s not liable for assaults
    Wednesday, October 6, 2021 9:00 AM
    The Huntsville School District says it’s not liable for sexual assaults that took place in its locker rooms and that any legal actions should be directed at third parties, according to a pleading filed Monday by the district’s attorney, Charles Harwell. 
  • District responds to lawsuit, moves to strike allegations
    Wednesday, September 29, 2021 9:00 AM
    In addition to admitting violating open-meetings laws by failing to notify the press, and thereby the public, of expulsion hearings and board training sessions, the Huntsville School District and its board members also asked the court to strike certain allegations in a lawsuit filed in July by Witter resident Benjamin Rightsell
  • Victims seek justice, healing
    Wednesday, September 29, 2021 9:00 AM
    Huntsville School District administrators say they not only were shocked to learn in February of alleged sexual assaults by basketball players, but they also didn’t understand the severity of what had been taking place.
  • District faces second lawsuit in Title IX inquiry
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021 9:00 AM
    A parent of a student alleged to have been sexually harassed and assaulted by his Huntsville Junior High School basketball teammates during the 2020-2021 basketball season filed a Title IX lawsuit contending that the Huntsville School District knew the assaults were taking place but failed to promptly and properly investigate or stop them.
  • Title IX lawsuit filed in federal court today
    Friday, September 10, 2021 4:45 PM
    Breaking News
    A parent of a student who was alledged to have been sexually harassed and assaulted by members of the Huntsville Junior High School basketball team filed a Title IX lawsuit in federal court today alleging that not only did the Huntsville School District know about the harassment and assault but it also failed to take action and properly investigate.
  • Investigation complete
    Wednesday, September 1, 2021 9:00 AM
    The Madison County Sheriff’s Office completed its investigation into the alleged sexual assaults by some members of the Huntsville junior high boys basketball team and turned its report over to Fourth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Matt Durrett last week. 
  • Lawsuit answered
    Wednesday, September 1, 2021 9:00 AM
    The Huntsville School District and School Board members admit that they mistakingly believed that they did not have to notify the media as required by law of an expulsion hearing concerning allegations of sexual assault by members of the Huntsville boys basketball program. 
  • School board sued for FOIA violations
    Wednesday, August 4, 2021 9:00 AM
    Huntsville School District Board members violated the open-meetings law by holding an expulsion hearing during the 2020-2021 school year without notifying the media and not recording the hearing, according to a lawsuit.
  • Lawsuit filed against school board; district
    Wednesday, July 28, 2021 6:25 PM

    A parent sued the Huntsville School District and board members in Madison County Circuit Court today for violating the state’s open-meetings law by not notifying the media of a May 3 expulsion hearing for two Huntsville students involved in a Title IX sexual assault/sexual harassment investigation.

  • Student athletes to undergo Title IX training
    Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:00 AM

    Many parents are anxious for students to return to classes in the Huntsville School District in three weeks as punishment remains lacking for students involved in sexual assault allegations. 

  • Investigations into assault allegations continue
    Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:00 AM

    Criminal investigations remain ongoing into sexual assault allegations involving the Huntsville boys basketball program.

  • Angry parents respond to Title IX allegations
    Wednesday, July 14, 2021 9:00 AM
    Tempers flared Monday night as parents and community members addressed the Huntsville School Board about their anger and frustrations over a lack of discipline and transparency about Huntsville Junior High basketball players’ involvement in alleged sexual assaults against teammates.
  • Criminal investigations underway into ‘Baptisms’
    Wednesday, July 7, 2021 9:00 AM
    The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is conducting interviews with junior high boys basketball players as an investigation is underway into allegations that players sexually assaulted teammates.
  • Wednesday, July 7, 2021 9:00 AM
    Huntsville School District Superintendent Audra Kimball decides whether or not a person may be placed on the school board’s regular monthly meeting, according to the policy of the Huntsville School Board. 
  • New investigations open in locker-room activities
    Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:00 AM
    Huntsville High School boys’ basketball players remain under a Title IX sexual harassment/sexual assault investigation for activities in the locker room during the past two seasons as two more formal complaints were recently filed.
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021 3:13 PM
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    Links to helpful resources.
  • Seeking Help: Professionals’ advice on healing, talking after local Title IX inquiry
    Wednesday, June 23, 2021 9:00 AM
    Editor’s Note: The Madison County Record reached out to Arkansas medical providers for guidance in speaking to victims and suspects involved in events in a Title IX investigation conducted by the Huntsville School District. 
  • Youth pastor offers counseling to boys basketball players
    Wednesday, June 23, 2021 9:00 AM
    Sam Bennett, a youth pastor at First Assembly of God in Huntsville, heard rumors about what had been taking place in the boys’ locker room after Huntsville Junior High School basketball games before a story about the incidents was published in the The Madison County Record on June 10. 
  • Parents shocked by Thomas’ praise of school board
    Wednesday, June 16, 2021 9:00 AM
    Following comments from Huntsville School District Board President Danny Thomas applauding the board for its handling of a Title IX sexual harassment/sexual assault investigation, parents erupted at Monday night’s board meeting, yelling at board members that they did nothing, failing to protect the students.
  • School board violated Freedom of Information law
    Wednesday, June 9, 2021 9:00 AM
    The Huntsville School Board violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information law by not notifying the press of a meeting involving the expulsion of two students involved in a Title IX investigation into sexual harassment/sexual assault involving the Huntsville High School Boys Basketball program.
  • Board lessens punishment in Title IX inquiry
    Wednesday, June 9, 2021 9:00 AM
    In a Title IX Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault investigation involving the Huntsville High School boys’ basketball program, the Huntsville School Board went against the recommended disciplinary measures in the case by lessening them for two students, finding them to be “too severe,” and throwing out the punishment for three other students, stating that the evidence did not support the determination.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
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