Federal Lawsuit Filed over Coach Whipping Basketball Players
The families of three high school basketball players brought a suit in federal court against the students' high school. The suit alleged that the student's were whipped by their high school basketball coach for missing plays in practice. The suit also named the basketball coach in the suit. According to one report, the coach was suspended in 2010 after allegation arose that he whipped players with a weight belt for missing plays in practice. These whipping got so bad that one former student testified that he had a difficult time getting dressed for school. The student also testified about how his self esteem was affected after the beatings. Recently, the case was settled although the settlement amount is unknown at this time, and it is unlikely that the settlement will be disclosed because many defendants require confidentiality as a term of a settlement offer.
This suit highlights the need for school administrators to take a more active approach in monitoring school activities. The school had banned corporal punishment for decades, but these allegations of abuse continued. To make matters worse, once the allegations surfaced to the public the school fired the coach. However, a few days later the school changed his termination to a suspension, and he was allowed to continue coaching. This would have sent a terrible message to the students and families. Ultimately, the coach was again terminated, and this time for good. However, the damage to these children was already done.
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