FROM: Dr. George McFarland, Sweetwater ISD Superintendent

As the designated spokesperson and superintendent for the Sweetwater Independent School District, I am issuing the following statement:

At the Sweetwater High School pep rally this morning, a student and a member of the Sweetwater ISD staff got into a physical altercation. Pursuant to the District’s customary personnel practices, an investigation was initiated into the matter to determine the culpability of the parties involved.  In this case, pending the outcome of its internal investigation, SISD took the further action of notifying local and state law enforcement officials of the incident.  

Sweetwater ISD will continue to cooperate with state and local law enforcement to the fullest extent permitted by law.  The employee involved in the altercation has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the District’s internal investigation.

State and federal law prohibit the District from disclosing personally identifiable student information, as well as confidential personnel information; consequently, the District cannot provide further information on this matter.  The District takes this incident very seriously and will take all measures necessary to ensure that its students are educated in a safe and nurturing environment.