RICHLAND CENTER (WKOW) -- A Richland Center high school coach resigned after parents said she involved teenage students in lewd party games during an overnight trip to La Crosse.
Richland Center school district administrator Rachel Schultz said cheerleading coach Amanda Pyfferoen resigned Jan. 14 after the December cheerleading squad trip to accompany the school's boys wrestling team to a meet. Schultz said an investigation determined Pyfferoen acted inappropriately with students in a hotel room, discussing inappropriate topics from her college experience and presiding over adult, party-type games.
Parent DeAnna Caspers said her daughter is on the cheerleading squad and attended the trip. Caspers said her daughter, 15, said the games involved Pyfferoen asking sexual questions of the girls, with boys wrestling team members also present. Caspers said the activities also included teenagers being confronted with sexual dares.
Parent Pam Schieldt said Pyfferoen posted on her facebook page a photo from the trip of a cheerleader in a sexually suggestive position.
"What we'd like to see happen is for her not to able to, five years from now, be involved as a girl scout leader, we'd like to see the behavior stopped," Caspers told WKOW27 News.
Pyfferoen's teaching license was placed under investigation this week by department of public instruction officials. Pyfferoen also resigned a full-time teaching position at a Richland Center private school in January.
Pyfferoen was unreachable for comment at her listed telephone number when a WKOW27 News reporter called her.
La Crosse police sergeant Kirk Flatten told WKOW27 News the events of the overnight trip remain under investigation.
Earlier this year, Oregon high school teacher Jill Zielinski resigned after school officials and authorities said she sent sexually suggestive text messages to several students. Oregon police officials have recommended Zielinski be criminally charged.
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