Parents Upset After Coach Allegedly Bruises Child
“Yes, the young man is bruised, but it is not of such a nature that I believe criminal charges would be viable.”
The parents of a young football player said they are outraged over the punishment he received for supposedly wearing the wrong shorts during practice. via NBC5i.com
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#1 Sep 26, 2007
In no way should marks been left on that child! Being the mother in favor of this punishment and a child who has received a paddleing within this district, it is school rules for a phone call to the parent to inform them of the punishment! This coach has to be dealt with and ensure his facts are straight before administering punishment. Paddleing should be used as a tool for more severe acts of misconduct, not a simple clothing issue! Some of those coaches are so ignorant. There is life other than football!!
#2 Oct 2, 2007
You need to get your facts straight. The ISD does not have to inform a parent of the punishment. I recieved many "licks" in school and I never can remember NOT being bruised. He had on shorts that were not his and they had a problem with kids stealing shorts to keep from getting in trouble when they could not keep up with their own shorts, shirts and pads, not saying he stole anything. There are two sides to every story.I know so many "so called parents" that send their kids to school and could care less how they act. They teach them no respect or values and when they get in trouble it's always the same song "my little angel would never do that" I know the coaches and they are not ignorant, they are trying to teach the kids respect and responsibility. I am sure this kid is loving school now. I feel sorry for him. All the students know about this and I bet they remind him every day. It could have been addressed in a different way. Maybe trying to change the schools policy. He probably will end up being home schooled after this.
#3 Oct 3, 2007
Coach Supporter is a perfect example of the attitude the parents encountered with the coach. Austin's behavior is not the issue. Need references. You'll find coach supporter doesn't know what he's talking about. Also, the principal personally went to Austin's locker and got the shorts -- Austin had on the right shorts. Speak for your own "angel or not", but Austin is a polite, respectful child. The fact is he was punished for something he didn't do. The problem in Springtown is the ATTITUDE that even if wrong, they are going to justify instead of dealing with the issue.
As a grandparent of 12-year old Austin Carpenter at Springtown middle school, I was appalled at the bruises he received by the coach. The photo did not begin to reveal the true bruising or the disgusting purple and green discoloration of his skin. It brought tears to my eyes. I finally said, "I'm so sorry you had to experience that all people, even those you trust, are not always nice, and they don't always do the right thing. Do you think you can forgive the person who did this to you? If you can you will be a good person."
Whether or not permitted by Texas law, it was not the school principal's policy. We send our kids to school assuming they are under the protective custody of trusted individuals. Teachers, doctors, emergency rooms and police are obligated to report bruises on a child to appropriate authorities for the safety of a child. This was not the case for Austin Carpenter. There was and has been no child advocacy spokesman for Austin except his parents. The statement by the Springtown police demonstrated a similar attitude to that of the head coach defensive and seemingly with no concern for the child. Does it take an attorney for parents to voice their concerns to a school board?
Focus should remain on the real issue i.e., a child was sent to school trusting he was in the care of professionals, selected by the school district, who would do him no harm. Austin Carpenter did nothing wrong, yet he came home physically bruised, mentally traumatized by verbal threat of more paddling, and emotionally distressed from humiliation and fear.
A class on the value and importance of showing dignity and respect to others might benefit Springtown school employees and students because in the days following the incident my grandson was harassed at school by students over concern for the affect his parents concerns will have on the football team and coaches.
If the bruises I witnessed were found on your small-framed child, you would surely be equally concerned. By the way, Austin's response to my question (first paragraph): He shook his head yes and said, "I think I can ... yes, Im pretty sure I can do that".
#4 Oct 3, 2007
I am Austin's aunt. I live in Utah. I was outraged at the behavior of the coach. How dare he lay a hand on a child!! I am appalled at the behavior of the local law enforcement in your town and by that of the schoolboard. Anyone who supports the coach is no better than he is for what he did! I am not as eloquent or graceful in my speech as my Mother in Law is so I will just say it straight. First off there was nothing right about what was done or how it was handled. Austin did not deserve to be battered by his coach. There were child abuse laws broken and free speech rights violated over this. I have many media contacts where I am and througout the northwest and I can assure you that every single one of them has been emailed this story. The coach should have at the least been suspended and at the best FIRED. The school board should have all lost thier posts for supressing the free speech rights of Austin's parents. Austin needs to have a full MEDIA covered public apology by the coach, school board, and local law enforcement for what happened to him. The same should be extended to his parents.
#5 Oct 5, 2007
Peggy, I am sure that is front page news in Utah. That is the problem, the parents should not have contacted the media just for the sake of the kid. I knew he would be hearing it from other kids. When the parents went to the board they wanted to "tell his story" without the coaches present. They DID NOT go to the board meeting and say they were interested in changing policy. The school board cares what is going on but there are proper channels you have to go through. Peggy, maybe you can get him some more "air time" with your "connections" and he will not be able to show his face at school
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