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Statement from Superintendent Regarding Arrest

Posted by Alan on October 23, 2013 4:01 PM | (Not Filed) |

Superintendent Vicki Thomas has released the following statement regarding the arrest of athletic director Barry Gebhart:

To our parents, guardians and friends,

As you may already be aware, today has been a difficult day for all of us at the Fayetteville Public Schools and in the Fayetteville community. Athletic director Barry Gebhart was arrested last night by the Benton County Police Department on suspicion of Internet stalking of a child.

Upon my notification of his arrest, Gebhart was immediately placed on paid administrative  leave, pending the outcome of the police investigation. We are fully cooperating with the Benton County Sheriff's department in their investigation.

As a staff member and as a parent, I urge you to continue to be vigilant in watching over your children's cyber activity. If you have any concerns regarding this situation, or any other internet safety issue, please contact our school resource officers at 445-1204 or 445-1205.

The safety of your children is of paramount importance to us. Any time there is a possible crime such as this, there is a concern for other potential victims. Anyone with any information should contact their local police department. The Fayetteville Police Department may be reached at 479-587-3555.

Vicki Thomas