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Community Outraged Over Kellogg Softball Team Incident
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Outrage is pouring out over a bullying incident last week involving Kellogg High School students and one junior being stripped of her clothes during a ride home from a softball game in Potlatch.

Kellogg resident Keith Greene and his wife fundraise for the Kellogg School District athletics department and is a  big supporter of sports. He was disappointed to hear about last week's bullying incident where a junior on the girls softball team was stripped of her clothes by three other females students in the back of a bus on the way home from an away game.

"My wife and I are working hard to save the sports here and then to turn around and see something like this … it's demoralizing," Greene said.

"It's a horrible incident."

The three girls, all juniors and seniors were kicked off the team, weren't allowed to go to prom and received other in-school punishment. School Superintendent Sandra Pommerening said their investigation shows there was bullying and harassing and the district took immediate action.

Pommerening feels the punishment was appropriate for their findings, but the bullying is an issue that has some students concerned.

"Usually when people bully around it lasts for a couple of days, well now it's getting to the point they are actually physically doing stuff to people," Kellogg High School student Gary Howe said.

Detectives from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department headed to Shoshone County to initiate their investigation into the incident Wednesday. They are investigating the incident because it happened near Rose Lake in Kootenai County.

Some community members say harassment on the softball team is an on-going problem but Pommerening said this is the first time it's ever been reported. She said they will review adult and student responsibilities to see what they can do to prevent future bullying.

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