Parents of basketball players at Pocatello High School were hoping to get Coach Laraine Cook reinstated for the upcoming season after a controversial picture was posted on Facebook. But School District 25 officials said the decision to find a new girls' basketball coach would remain.
This all started earlier this week on Tuesday when students at Pocatello High School were told Cook would not be returning. A source close to Cook tells KPVI News 6 that she was relieved of her coaching duties because of a picture that was posted on Facebook over the Summer. The picture shows Coach Cook's boyfriend touching her chest. That picture eventually made its way to the school district office and though it was posted a while ago as part of a vacation photo album and promptly removed, the district still took action.
In response to questions about Thursday's meeting with parents district spokesperson, Shelley Allen, stated, "There was absolutely no discussion about Coach Harrison. Parents expressed their concerns and ask the Administration to reinstate Coach Cook. After discussion between Superintendent Vagner, Secondary Director Bob Devine, Human Resources Director Doug Howell and Pocatello High School Administration it was decided that the decision would remain."
KPVI News 6 asked about Tom Harrison because he is the man in the picture seen touching Cook's chest. KPVI News 6 reached to Head Pocatello High School Football Coach Tom Harrison. He said he couldn't comment on the situation but that KPVI had its facts straight. He also said he was reprimanded for his role in the photograph.
Coach Harrison continues to coach at Pocatello High School while Coach Cook will not be coaching at Pocatello High School this year.