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Duxbury High looks into school encounter

Duxbury High School administrators are investigating a complaint regarding an allegedly inappropriate “confrontation” between a high school coach and two students, officials said Tuesday.

Duxbury Police Chief Matthew Clancy said the school received a report of the alleged confrontation early last week. Clancy did not elaborate on the exact substance of the complaint, except to say it referred to what “could have been a physical confrontation of some sort” but the alleged confrontation was not sexual in nature.

Duxbury police offered to assist the school in their investigation. But school officials declined, Clancy said, saying they would look into it on their own.


Cayenne Isaksen, spokeswoman for the Department of Children and Families, said the department received a Chapter 51A report regarding the incident, the type used to report possible child “abuse and neglect.”

“At this stage in the game, I am comfortable with the school conducting their own investigation,” Clancy said. “We trust the school’s process.”

Duxbury Public Schools Superintendent Benedict Tantillo III said in a written statement Tuesday that the school had taken the allegations against the coach, who is also a teacher, “very seriously.”

Tantillo did not respond to telephone messages seeking further comment.

Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.