The girls’ varsity track coach at Southwest DeKalb High School has been suspended with pay pending an investigation into alleged inappropriate contact with a student, according to DeKalb County School District spokesman Walter Woods.
Antoinette Tyrell, who has been at Southwest since 2003 and teaches health and physical education, was removed from the classroom immediately after a parent complaint, Woods said in a statement. The district began a two-week investigation after the complaint and the investigation is ongoing, according to the statement.
“Any allegation of this nature is of serious concern to the district,” Woods said. “We are hoping to conclude the investigation as soon as possible and take any necessary action.”
Tyrell began her tenure with the school district in 1999 at Chapel Hill Middle School.
“I would love to comment but I cannot speak until everything is clear,” Tyrell said in a phone interview. “I will be willing to share my story but right now I am not at liberty to speak about anything personal.”
Southwest DeKalb won the Class AAAA girls’ state track championship in 2011 and is participating in the state meet in Albany beginning May 3.