Mike Loftin(school principal) pictured


MONDAMIN, IA. — A 15-year-old Iowa student said her high school principal pulled down her pants before a basketball game last week, and now the sheriff’s office is investigating.

The girl, who plays basketball, said the incident happened last Friday just before the West Harrison High School team boarded the bus for a game.

The student said the principal, Mike Loftin, who also coaches girls’ basketball, pulled at the student’s pants while she stood talking with friends. The snaps on the warm-up pants came unfastened, and the pants fell to her knees in front of several other students.

School officials declined to comment, saying the issue was a personnel matter. They would not say if Loftin had been suspended. Superintendent Joel Foster said the board has not met to discuss possible disciplinary action.

Harrison County Sheriff Patrick Sears said his office was asked to investigate what happened and expects to complete the investigation  next week. Harrison County Attorney Jennifer Mumm said she will then decide whether to file charges.