NORTH ATTLEBORO — North Attleboro school officials are nearing the end of a nearly nine-week investigation into a North Attleboro coach and physical education teacher accused of orchestrating taunts against an Attleboro High School basketball player in February.

Jason Feid has been accused of organizing an effort to taunt Attleboro senior Julia Strachan during a Feb. 20 girls’ basketball game at Attleboro High School.

Feid is freshmen football and high school and middle school spring track coach for North Attleboro and a physical education teacher at the middle school.

He said he was at the game solely in support of his daughter, Julia Feid, who plays on the North Attleboro basketball team.

But the game took a sour turn as North Attleboro students began targeting 18-year-old Strachan with chants of “traitor” every time she touched the ball — a total of 14 times in the second half, a DoubleACS video of the game shows.

Strachan, who lives in North Attleboro, transferred to Attleboro High at the beginning of her junior year after her father, Michael Strachan, took a football coaching job at AHS.

Michael Strachan said he launched an investigation into the incident with the North Attleboro school district only after a North Attleboro student told him Feid had allegedly sent a text to students encouraging the taunting.

Strachan said his only concern is figuring out what happened to incite the chants against his daughter.

Though the investigation began in February, Strachan said he wouldn’t want the district to rush through the case to hurry to a judgement.

“It’s in their capable hands,” he said Monday. “I left it with North Attleboro and I’m just waiting to hear back from them.”

North Attleboro Superintendent Scott Holcomb could not confirm which students or employees were involved in the case pending the ongoing investigation, but told The Sun Chronicle Monday that the district is nearing the end of that review.

The district is following procedures laid out in the Bullying Prevention Plan policy adopted in 2014, Holcomb said.

The policy requires claims of bullying or harassment to be documented through an incident report and forwarded to administrators, who are then to interview the alleged target first, followed by any witnesses and finally the alleged aggressor of the incident.

School officials must then determine whether the incident qualified as bullying or harassment, charging the aggressors with consequences if the investigation proves fruitful.

If a staff member is involved, the employee is entitled to representation as laid out in their employee contracts, Holcomb said. Potential consequences against staff are confidential based on that contract.

The district defines bullying as repeated written, verbal, physical or electronic expression or act that causes physical or emotional harm to a person or their property.

Earlier this month, Feid said he was cleared in investigations by the North Attleboro High School administration and Assistant Superintendent Lori McEwen, but said Strachan had appealed the decision to Holcomb’s office with threat of a civil lawsuit if the matter is not resolved.

Strachan said he still has questions about halftime footage from the game, where he believes something may have occurred to encourage the taunting against his daughter. Before the half, there was only one chant of “traitor” by a single student, but the taunting became a more concerted effort following halftime.

In footage from the game reviewed by The Sun Chronicle, Feid can be seen pulling out his phone during halftime, typing or looking at something on it, glancing across the bleachers to the student section and gesturing for students to check their phones.

If Feid was indeed texting students, he could also be in violation of the district’s technology policy.

The policy prohibits staff members from communicating with students on social media sites or by cell phone.

“All contact with students should be through the NASD email, Connect Ed school web site and telephone system,” the policy reads.

Holcomb clarified Monday that the policy does apply to coaches — but there is a minor loophole.

Coaches are allowed to use a special application on their cell phone to send a team-wide text message in case of last minute game changes or practice cancellations. The application sends the same message to all members of the team, including Athletic Director Kurt Kummer.

Individual contact with one or a select few team members is prohibited except through school channels, Holcomb confirmed, and even then the athletic director must be copied to the message.

If Feid is determined to have communicated with students via text message at the game, he could be penalized for that.

The district policy says staff who violate the guidelines could face restricted technology access or other disciplinary action, including termination of employment.

KAYLA CANNE can be reached at 508-236-0336, at kcanne@thesunchronicle.com and on Twitter @SCNAttleboro.

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(35) comments

bluejay

It doesn't surprise me that North Attleboro is sweeping this under the rug. I applaud the father of the victim for insisting on accountability. Good for him! As parents, the best decision we ever made was pulling our son out of that horrible high school.

bluejay

Also, our daughter played for the Metro team years ago and the coach didn't give her any playing time. This woman's daughter was on the team which made things very difficult. My daughter was devastated and it was so political and unfair. North Attleboro has a very warped sense of sportsmanship.

britfan66

You can't have been involved in much youth sports if you think something like that is unique to North Attleboro. It happens in every league on every level. Honestly, parents should be prohibited from coaching their kids for that reason - but then they wouldn't volunteer to coach and the leagues would fold.

lynne49

Yes it's everywhere. But I think it is worse in North.

britfan66

I suppose that's possible, but I find it unlikely. It may seem worse but that's only because either you live in North & feel your kid has been slighted or you live in a rival town.

britfan66

This is pathetic. Attleboro and North Attleboro are rivals - of course Strachan would be the target of taunting. But we've raised a generation of kids who are so sheltered that they can't stand up to the tiniest bit of grief without crying for a counselor. And how much money is North Attleboro wasting on a 9 WEEK investigation? If Feid really texted students, it's inconceivable that it would take 9 weeks to find proof. Pathetic. Everyone involved needs to grow up and get thicker skin.

bluejay

So you think an adult doing this to a child is ok? Wow.

britfan66

Doing what? The taunts came from kids, not adults. And after 9 WEEKS it would appear that no one has been able to turn up a single text from Feid. This is nothing more than an overprotective helicopter parent trying to shield his little snowflake daughter. Strachan (the father) needs to get over it and move on.

lynne49

Why the name cailing?

natown2004

Snowflake daughter? You sound insane...truly.

kingpepe

Agreed. Liberalism at it's finest. Daddy is mad that his daughter was a called a "traitor" by an opposing team during a competitive sporting event. This girl must be utterly embarrassed of her father. What a cuck.

lynne49

No the father was upset that his daughter was being harassed repeatedly during a game, that none of the adults connected with the opposing team did anything to stop it & that an adult might have been behind the whole thing. Why are we turning this around on blaming the victim? The victim is not the one who did something wrong.

britfan66

She wasn't being harassed, she was being heckled. That's different and it's a part of almost all sports (golf & tennis are the exceptions, I guess). Also I haven't heard anyone blaming the 'victim'. They're blaming her father.

natown2004

Were you at the game?

lynne49

Welcome to North Attleboro. My heart goes out to any kid who has to grow up in that community. You better either come from money or be a top athlete, because nothing else is valued there. Everybody has to prove their money. I've never seen such insecure people in my life! These poor kids.

britfan66

Spoken like someone from Attleboro or Plainville.

lynne49

Nope, wrong again

mike123

If you don't fit in North Attleboro with the click, then you won't get a chance to play. I played sports in North Attleboro and never had a chance to play. The coaches never had me play during the games. In North its all about winning, it's not about having fun playing the game.

lynne49

North does have a reputation for this. I think the parents are trying to live vicariously through their kids. I wish these adults could just be a little more secure within themselves because it affects everybody in a very negative way

britfan66

Again, that is hardly unique to North. It is an unfortunate aspect of youth sports everywhere. I'm not defending it - parents are by far the worst part of youth sports. But it's ridiculous to act like North is the only place where this occurs.

lynne49

Nobody said that North is the only place where it occurs. Here's what was said -- it is worse in North than in most towns

britfan66

And I call BS on that. Unless you've lived & participated in youth sports in most towns you have no way to make that judgement.

blue 'n red

Britfan66...I'm calling BS on you. Take off the Red colored glasses and look at the entire sports program in North with a clear view.
From the top down - HS to youth, the attitude is win, win, win.
Kids are driven off teams, parents contacting school and association administrators to get "Jack & Jill" more playing time.
Parent & coach confrontations over playing time, because "Jack or Jill" need film time for scholarship vid ( cause they're all going pro right?)
I live in North, went to North, played sports @ North.
I officiate youth & HS sports and have done so for a dozen years now, all over Eastern Mass and RI.
I loathe getting a North game at any level in the two sports I officiate. Coaches to parents to fans abhorrent behavior across the entire spectrum.

britfan66

I can't argue with you because your opinion, unlike the other poster's, is based on actual experience. I have only been involved with LNAL and have not experienced anything like that. I don't doubt that it exists, however, My only argument is with the people acting like it exists ONLY in North or that North is somehow the worst of the worst. I just don't buy that.

natown2004

You have only been in LNAL yet you have been yammering on here as if you know everything about this? Were you at this game? Do you know this outstanding athlete you called a snowflake? The way you are writing is why North is worse than most towns and it appears someone only in LNAL has no idea and no experience in the true North sports environment. We are the worst of the worst when it comes to arrogant, idiotic sports families and I have an extremely talented athlete in the town. Open your eyes and do a reality check.

britfan66

I was not at the game. Don't know why that matters though, unless you're saying that the coverage in the Sun Chronicle is lacking somehow. As for the 'true North sports environment', who is responsible for that? The parents of the athletes. So if it's truly as toxic as you and others say it is, and you have an athlete involved, then you're part of the problem and need to do something about it. Are there parents/coaches who take things too far? Of course there are and I've never said otherwise. But I do not believe it is worse in North than in other towns. It is a problem in all youth sports programs everywhere.

lynne49

Can't fight ignorance

bluejay

britfan66 you have the right to your opinion . However, you do NOT have the right start making fun of this kid even further than she already has been. She's a kid, you are an adult. No, she's not a snowflake. She's clearly a fighter it's so is her father. Good for them! How would you feel if an adult got on the internet and started calling your kid names?

britfan66

I never made fun of anyone. Obviously her dad thinks she's a snowflake or he wouldn't have made this mountain out of a molehill. If she's the fighter you say she is, then some taunting by some loudmouths on the opposing side during a basketball game wouldn't have bothered her. And didn't, judging by how she played the game, by the way.

lynne49

Britfan how can you make assumptions about my experiences? Do you know me? Do you have any awareness of what my experiences, which I see no need to defend or prove, have been? Please don't say that my opinions aren't based on experience because you don't know my experiences. How could you possibly know? Don't make statements about which you know nothing.

britfan66

Nope, I don't know you. You're just like me, someone voicing your opinions on a web site. And since you won't offer any information about your experiences, I'm judging your opinions accordingly.

lynne49

Thank you, Blue n Red , .thank you.

bluejay

If you are required to officiate in north, then you have my sympathy.

bluejay

Britfan66
you r JUDGING his/her opinions accordingly??? Omg are u serious?

lynne49

Can't fix stupid. Good grief I give up.

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