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Wheeling basketball team forfeits after bus incident

WHEELING, W.Va. — Law enforcement is involved in an investigation of a school bus incident allegedly involving multiple Wheeling Park High School basketball players.

The incident reportedly occurred as the Patriots basketball team traveled to Morgantown to attend a West Virginia University basketball game on Jan. 26.

The Patriots forfeited their game that had been scheduled for Tuesday night at Brooke High School following the suspension of multiple players. Ohio County Board of Education President Shane Mallett said he is aware of an investigation regarding several student-athletes at WPHS, and that the team did not play its scheduled game Tuesday as a result.

Mallett directed further questions to Superintendent Dianna Vargo, who acknowledged the investigation but provided no details on the alleged incident.

“Concerns were brought to the attention of Ohio County Schools, and school system officials are working with legal counsel,” she said.

School officials are reviewing video footage from inside the bus.

Chief Deputy Drage Flick of the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that WPHS prevention resource officer Chad Clatterbuck took a report of an incident taking place on a school bus last week.

“I don’t know when or where it happened,” he said. “I can say that the school resource officer is meeting with the Ohio County prosecutor.”

Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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