Kennedy has coached the field hockey team since the fall, but he previously was involved with the community-based Lady Tartans Field Hockey Club program. He also has two children attending the high school now.
"At Scotia we consider our self a community, we're small, we are not a large school," said Swartz. "Here you are faced with people you know, children you know, friends and folks whose homes you've been in; those things can be very, very disturbing for children to deal with. They don't have our adult ability to wrap their minds about that."
All of the district coaches are cleared through the state education department and Kennedy's background check was cleared before appointed to his position at the school, said Swartz.
"Folks need to understand and know that people in your school's can be trusted that these are abnormal or less recurrent types of things," said Swartz. "I've been here six years and this is the first time I have dealt with this particular type of incident."
Swartz said children can have the knowledge of right and wrong, but that doesn't mean they have developed the emotionally capability to apply the knowledge to situations.
"There is a legal fixture there that a person under the age of 17 years old can not consent to such behavior and this is the perfect case of way," said Ranalli. "Unfortunately, there are no shortage of people who are willing to try and to continue to violate that and take advantage of the people that aren't capable of making the sound decisions.""