CROSSVILLE, Tenn. - A legendary local football coach is in trouble, accused of going too far with corporal punishment on a student. A grand jury indicted Vaughn Davis on charges of simple assault. This after the mother of a 14-year-old special needs student complained to the district attorney. "Mr. Davis took him outside and had him bend over a rock and paddled him three times," said the child's mother, who NewsChannel 5 did not identify to protect the identity of the child. She said her son is recovering from a traumatic brain injury from an ATV crash and any further trauma like padding to his head or spine could have killed him. The boy was on the school's "No Paddle" list, but the mother said it still happened. "I was very devastated ... appalled and disappointed," she added. She said her son is sometimes slow to respond to instructions, but said she's not entirely sure why he was paddled. The Cumberland County director of schools declined to comment about the case. "Some things were done that were horrible or even deplorable," said attorney Alan Rose, who along with colleague Richard Brooks plans to file a federal civil lawsuit on behalf of the student. Davis is very well-known and respected in the Crossville area. Over nearly a half century he's coached and taught thousands of children. As a coach he's won more than 14 championships and his name is on the Homestead Elementary school football field. There is even a day -- September 24 -- named for his honor in the town. "He happened to be one of my teachers when I was growing up," said District Attorney Randy York who presented the case to the grand jury. York said he couldn't ignore the details of the complaint. "The mother of the child brought this to our office and I felt that the Grand Jury should look at the case," said York. York said criminal indictments in relation to corporal punishment are extremely rare. Such cases are usually settled within the school or in civil lawsuits. Davis is headed to criminal court. He could not be reached for comment. The Cumberland County schools director said Davis is no longer teaching at Homestead Elementary school.
Edit: NVM fixed the annoying link shit.
So booj, what are your thoughts?
Should kids still be getting paddled in school?
What about the kid being on the no paddle list?
And what about the child being special needs, with a recent brain injury?
Does that change anything?
Are criminal charges necessary?
Should he have been fired, too?
And for anybody that wants to see how (sadly, imo) most of the people in the town feel, you can check it out here: http://www.topix.com/forum/city/crossvi
Okay, last edit. I just want to put my 2 cents in. In case it wasn't obvious, I live in this county. I went to that elementary school, and I had that teacher, and he paddled me. I was actually paddled by several teachers at that school. All of them were for not turning in my homework (including the time he paddled me) except for twice. I don't think it personally affected me, but I still do not believe that schools (or honestly parents for that matter) should be spanking children. This teacher in particular is just a bully in general. He wanted me to play on his football team (he coached the football and basketball teams), but I didn't want to and he definitely took that out on me. He paddled me for not doing his homework, but my best friend at the time also didn't do the same exact work, but since he was on the basketball team, he wasn't paddled. Not only was he not paddled, he was allowed to leave class, go to the library, and finish his assignment and was not even knocked points off for being late. And if you read that topix page, you will see other people who have experienced his bullying. It isn't mentioned in the article, but at the end of every year he would get boxing gloves out and either allow people to box, or make them (He made me). He also made the kid I had to box. Neither of us wanted to.. This guy honestly should have been fired a long, long time ago, but in this county, football is above everything else. He kept winning championships, so he got away with pretty much whatever he wanted. On top of all of this, he was a horrible teacher. When I was there, he was using books from 40 years before that. He taught science, and for some reason, I think some things in science changed over the course of 40 years.
And for anybody that read the topix page, I added more about my experience with him on there. My name is "former student". There are two people with that name, but I'm not the one that says it was from Stone Mountain, GA.