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Northern Idaho Students accused of stripping clothes off of teammate

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KELLOGG, Idaho (AP) _ High school softball players in northern
Idaho are being investigated amid allegations a teammate was
stripped naked during a bus ride home from a game.
Kellogg School District Superintendent Sandra Pommerening said
three teenage girls have been kicked off the softball team for
bullying and harassing another student during the bus ride home
earlier this month from a game in Potlatch. School officials
learned about the incident through an anonymous note a day later.
The school district determined that the girls had been
celebrating their win in Potlatch and tugging at each other's
clothes on the ride home, Pommerening told KXLY-TV.
``When kids forget to stop on teasing and playing around ... one
student wound up being a victim in our opinion,'' she said.
The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office say they are investigating
allegations of possible battery in the case but no one has been
charged. The mother of the alleged 17-year-old victim in the case
initially went to the Shoshone County Sheriff's Department and said
the school notified her three days after the incident.
The complaint has since been forwarded onto Kootenai County,
where the case allegedly occurred, the Spokesman-Review reports.
Detectives started their investigation Wednesday, said Kootenai
County Sheriff Lt. Stuart Miller.
``We haven't confirmed what the crime is, who was involved.
They're just starting their initial investigation on that,'' Miller said.
Keith Greene, a fundraiser for the Kellogg School District
athletics department, called the allegations ``demoralizing.''
``It's a horrible incident,'' he said.
The case is being investigated amid widespread efforts to
crackdown on bullying in schools.
Earlier this year, lawmakers worked to strengthen the state's
anti-bullying law in the wake of a high-profile hazing case in
eastern Idaho. Five former Blackfoot High School male athletes were
charged involving alleged locker room bullying incidents.
The bill would have required school districts to provide
training in bullying prevention for employees and adopt a series of
consequences for students caught bullying, intimidating or
harassing others. But the bipartisan measure failed to emerge from
the 2011 session.

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