Portsmouth high school athletic director placed on leave amid investigation

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Churchland High School Athletic Director David Moss has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is underway

District leaders would only say this is a result of parents’ concerns- but would not elaborate on what that meant.

They called the situation a personnel matter.

We went to Moss's house to ask him what was going on but said he didn't know what this was about.

David Moss - Portsmouth Public Schools

David Moss - Portsmouth Public Schools

With her mom's permission Zanquia Kirby, a JV basketball player told News 3 she was inside the girls locker room last week when she said Moss allegedly opened the door and shouted for a group of girls to hurry up.

"Coach Moss, he opened up the door and telling us to get out of the restroom for the other players so the Norview players could come get dressed," said Kirby.

Kirby said she was called down to the principal's office Monday to answer questions.  She said there was roughly ten girls in the locker room when this happened.  She said some were from the girls basketball team and others were cheerleaders.

Kirby also said Moss did not physically come into the locker room, but rather opened the door and shouted in for the girls to hurry.

Former student Chivarlo Sykes used to run track and praised Moss.

He called him a great leader at the school.

"He's a really great athletic director.  All the years that he has been here he's done a lot for Churchland," said Sykes.

District leaders said Moss has been with Portsmouth School District since 1984.

His son-in-law told News 3 over the phone he is very involved in the church and said he did not believe the allegations.

Police are not involved in this investigation.