Pot pipe scandal divides Sandia HS

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – As the investigation into the school’s athletic director continues, the strange news of Sandia High School has drawn mixed reaction in the community.

As KRQE News 13 reported on Thursday, Sandia’s athletic director Tom Knauber has been put on paid leave while APS looks into allegations of misconduct.

Sources tell KRQE News 13 the investigation surrounds a pot pipe found in basketball coach Alvin Broussard’s office. News 13 has learned surveillance video caught Knauber entering Broussard’s office a day before an anonymous tip alerted school administrators that there was drug paraphernalia in Broussard’s desk.

“I think it’s pretty crazy,” said Sandia sophomore basketball player Caleb Wroten. “I just thought that it was not right for Knauber to do that to coach.”

But some parents aren’t convinced.

“I was very surprised,” said Sandia parent Steven Speis. “I know Tom Knauber personally and I know he’s a great guy and I would find it really hard to believe that he’d do anything like that.”

Knauber has had run-ins with coaches before.

Broussard’s predecessor, Adrian Ortega left in 2008 under tense circumstances. Ortega recently told the Albuquerque Journal he was forced out because Knauber made “untrue” allegations.

Longtime Sandia soccer coach Ron Allen left about the same time because of tensions with the school’s administration. He tells News 13 “Knauber’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

Coach Alvin Broussard’s attorney told us last week the coach would cooperate with any administrative or criminal investigation.

APS says the administrative investigation is just getting started and it’s unclear if there’s a criminal investigation.

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