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Support group planned for students affected by Guntersville coach allegations

Counseling is expected soon for those directly and indirectly affected by news of a former coach's abuse allegations. (Source: WAFF file) Counseling is expected soon for those directly and indirectly affected by news of a former coach's abuse allegations. (Source: WAFF file)
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

School is now back in session in Guntersville, where the community is still dealing with a soccer coach charged with child pornography and secretly taking pictures and video of girls.

Counseling is expected to take place at Guntersville High School where David Barrow served as girls soccer coach for many years. Barrow was arrested in Marshall County after law enforcement officials found images of young girls among evidence from his home.

School officials were not available to confirm those plans Thursday, so we reached out to the Child Advocacy Center, who hopes to soon begin support groups.

Officials with the CAC have already met with counselors and hope to begin their work to set up a support group for students directly and indirectly involved.

Courtney Thompson with the CAC said they first plan to answer questions and give support. They expect questions such as 'why, were the pictures sent somewhere,' and possibly even those that wonder if they were victims themselves.

But one major issue will be the relationship between school kids and those that teach them.

"The feeling that they can't trust adults is going to stay with them for a while," said Thompson. "It's just a matter of working with these adults that they truly can trust that will hopefully, slowly put those pieces back together for them."

Officials at the CAC said their work will also include the community. They said anyone who played soccer for Barrow or anyone else can come to the CAC to seek support.

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