2 local high school teachers under state investigation

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash.-- Two East Valley High School football coaches are being investigated for inappropriate behavior.

KIMA has learned two teachers here at East Valley High School are being investigated by the state superintendent's office. It includes the head football coach Mark Mochel. He also teaches fitness at the school. Assistant football coach and math teacher Dwaine Morrison is also being investigated. Neither man is on leave, which came as a surprise to the state.

"Technically in cases like this, the teachers in question would be placed on paid administrative leave but I can't confirm that that's happening in this case," Nathan Olson from OSPI said. "That's something that the district needs to respond to."

The state says a student claimed misconduct.

"It's not something you expect to hear," a student who played for Mochel said. 

This student played football for Mochel. He didn't want to show his face on camera, but he also doesn't believe Mochel would have done anything wrong.

"He was always willing to help with whatever problems anyone had, there was nothing really negative that I can say about him at all whatsoever," the student said. 

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction would only confirm limited details. Reps say East Valley Schools handed over the investigation at the end of September. They would only confirm the allegations are for misconduct. I'm told the investigation could take up to a year and a half. As of now, the men are still on the job and East Valley isn't commenting.

"They were always good to me so to hear something negative about them like that is different," the student said. 

To be clear, neither man is charged with a crime. Neither man has been found guilty of any misconduct. Right now, they are only being investigated by the state. If any kind of misconduct is found, their teaching certificates could be at risk.