(02/24/2016)
Clay County Sheriff Garrett Samples confirmed that Deputy Kyle Ware has resigned from his position as a deputy following an incident involving a middle school wrestler at a practice on February 11.

Ware has also resigned as a volunteer coach from Clay Middle School.

Clay Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Tanner said, "The story of a "hole" in the wall is not accurate," associated with an alleged encounter between Ware and the wrestler in a locker room.

"I am not aware of any injuries related to this alleged incident. The safety and well being of children at school and during school-related events comes first," Tanner said.

"Children must be handled with the greatest of care in all situations. We are waiting for any results of all investigations, once they are completed," he concluded.

Tanner said an investigation of the incident was conducted by school officials after they were made aware of the incident on the evening of February 15, and following mandatory requirements, reported it to the county prosecutor and WV-DHHR Children's Protective Services the following day.

ORIGINAL STORY 2/22/2016 -A Clay County deputy sheriff Kyle Ware could reportedly be in trouble related to an incident regarding a physical encounter with a wrestler on a Clay Middle School team.

Ware is an assistant wrestling coach, reports say he arrived at a match in uniform when a couple middle school wrestlers reportedly got into a scuffle.

Reports said that Ware took one of the wrestlers into a locker room where a physical encounter between the two occurred.

Those reports, yet to be confirmed by authorities, say that the student was injured and that his head allegedly made a hole in the locker room wall, but that could not be confirmed.

The Clay Communicator says that Ware returned to the wrestling match and other school officials, including head coach Bob Morris, and did not report the incident to central office staff.

The incident has widely circulated in the community, particularly on social media, after which central office staff several days later asked for an investigation.

Ware was still on duty Thursday, while reports say he and head coach Morris' resignations have been posted on a school board agenda.

Ware, a recent graduate of the WV State Police Academy, according to other sources, may have resigned from his deputy sheriff position within the last 48 hours.

The Herald was unable to confirm his resignation Saturday, nor could school administrators be reached.


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