Coach provided pain patches

Administrators at Perkins Schools suspended an athletic coach this week because she allegedly provided prescription-strength pain relief patches to students, police said.
Alissa Widman
May 21, 2013

While several students reported the issue this past week, police are unsure if it has been an ongoing problem, assistant Chief Robb Parthemore said. 

One of the students involved may have hired an attorney, Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said.

Police were first notified of the situation last Tuesday. They first provided an incident report Monday, after the Register requested one Friday. The report contains a three-sentence narrative stating school resource officer Dan McLaughlin met with the district's superintendent and athletic director at their request about a "safety concern." It does not mention drugs or the investigation.

"The information was explained by (athletic director Mike Strohl) and the information will be addressed as time permits," the report states.

The coach, Tracey Hiss, allegedly provided students with adhesive Lidoderm patches, which contain the drug lidocaine, Klamar said. 

Lidoderm patches are placed on the skin to numb areas for temporary pain relief, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website. Side effects typically include a range of temporary skin irritations or allergic reactions. Rarely can an individual overdose on local anesthetics such as lidocaine, but serious side effects are possible.

Providing a student with a seemingly harmless drug may not appear dangerous, but coaches and teachers must consider all possibilities, district parent Nancy David said.

"You never know what sort of allergic reaction someone might have," David said Monday while waiting to pick up her daughter at Perkins High School. "It's illegal for teachers to do that for a reason. People just don't think sometimes."

Perkins Schools superintendent Jim Gunner gave Hiss a written notice of her suspension Tuesday, pending the outcome of the investigation. She is prohibited from school grounds and is not permitted to discuss the matter with any students or employees, according to the letter. 

Gunner declined to provide further information, citing the ongoing investigation.

Hiss has been varsity girls track coach for 25 years. She is also a health teacher at Briar Middle School for sixth-graders and junior high students.

Comments

deertracker

You are right but wrong abut it only being on the south side of Perkins Ave.

indolent indiff...

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Ithink

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

Ithink

Really??????? ^^^^^^^ Hmmm--all I did was ask questions. Like what did the parents say about this? Who turned her in? Is there truth to the allegations that she provided alcohol to these girls? Wonder how that was deleted for "personal attacks...."? Interesting.

dbstr

Apparently only male coaches can get away with dispensing medication. If Hiss loses her job I will petition for the other one to lose his job. Don't ever expect a levy vote from me PSD.

underthebridge

You'd think with the problems they have with the lawsuit alleging age discrimination that they'd be more consistent in how they handle things. It isn't that I don't think that this is a big deal; it is. PSD seems to always get into trouble with how they pick and choose how they follow the rules. It goes across all levels. They pick and choose which students have to follow the rules; which staff/coaches have to follow the rules; and which teachers.

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