Attorney general probes school for 'fat-tests' of athletes
January 13, 2022
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island attorney general's office is probing into the North Kingstown School Department after student-athletes filed a complaint that the school violated students’ civil rights by allowing a former boys’ basketball coach to disrobe athletes for “fat tests” for two decades.
U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Cunha said in a statement Monday that “our office can confirm that we have received a complaint and that we are conducting a civil investigation of the North Kingstown School Department, pursuant to federal civil rights laws.”
Five former North Kingstown High School students state in their complaint that the department permitted Aaron Thomas to remain in his coaching and teaching positions, using his authority “to groom students into the widespread acceptance of his practices," The Providence Journal reported Monday.