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Wood Memorial Football mom asks for support

Published: Aug. 23, 2016 at 11:12 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2016 at 11:34 PM CDT
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OAKLAND CITY, IN (WFIE) - "There's something about sports that you get a sense of closeness to other parents that most people don't understand," a Wood Memorial High School Football mom told 14 News on Tuesday.

In the small town of Oakland City, Indiana, filling the bleachers at Wood Memorial's football field is what you do on Fridays. For Kimberly Jarboe, seeing an empty gridiron is personal.

"My brother's played football here," said Jarboe. "So, I've been going to that stadium since-I don't even remember."

Jarboe runs the Mom's Club for the Trojan football team. She told 14 News, she's heartbroken after learning of hazing allegations within the team. She says she's seen the unfriendly comments on social media circulating about the high school's reputation. Jarboe says, it's time for people to stop gossiping and start supporting Oakland City through a rough time.

"I don't want people to think I defend the actions of the children," said Jarboe. "I do not condone the actions. I want people to understand in order to get out of this we have to support all of the kids involved-all the parents, the school.  My kids are my life. And I just feel like-if this had been one of them, whether they were the victim, or the child that did it-I wish the media would be there for those kids and not all of the negativity."

East Gibson's Superintendent Dr. Henry Brewster announced on Tuesday the Trojans will forfeit its second game against Tecumseh in light of the investigation.

As for Oakland City Police Department's progress into the criminal investigation, Chief Alec Hensley told 14 News investigators plan to interview everyone involved before a report is handed over to the prosecutor. We're told the interview process could take several weeks as police filter through information.

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