John Hardin lineman charged with teacher abuse after fight
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A John Hardin High School football player was charged with the abuse of a teacher after getting into a fight at school Monday morning. The same fight also sent a female student to the hospital to be checked out.
School District officials said it started as a fight between two girls with an on-going beef.
An offensive lineman, the brother of one of the girls, jumped in and also took down a teacher who district officials say was trying to break up the brawl.
Jessica and Sultan Gray said their daughter was afraid to go to school Monday morning because she was scared something was going to happen.
Jessica Gray said her daughter and the player's sister exchanged words.
"As my daughter finally turned around,the girl grabbed her by the hair they started fighting," said Gray. "Another girl jumped in to break those two girls up and then a football player that was related to the girl that was fighting my daughter jumped in, punched my daughter, knocked her to the floor and then commenced to kicking her."
District officials said a teacher trying to break it up got knocked to the ground by the player.
"The brother was arrested for assault of a district staff member." said Hardin County Schools Spokesman John Wright.
Radcliff Police said the juvenile was charged with teacher abuse.
The Grays' daughter was taken to Hardin Memorial and was checked for minor closed head injury, concussion, blunt injury to the abdomen and multiple contusions to the head and forehead according to hospital paperwork.
"She already stated she don't feel safe and then we tell her don't worry about it go, now I feel bad for sending her to school." said Sultan Gray, the girl's father.
"She said she had never been so scared, she's 115 pounds soaking wet and this guy is a big football player." said Jessica Gray.
The player was charged and released to his parents.
Whether he will take part in John Hardin's 4-A state semifinal Friday night as the team hosts Franklin-Simpson has not been disclosed.
District officials said it makes no difference that this student is a football player, it's up to the school and the coach if he plays because there's no code of conduct policy on student arrest and athletics.
"Some consequences are positive, some are negative," said Jessica Gray. "He made a conscious choice to attack a 15-year-old girl."
District officials would not release school surveillance video of the fight since it's part of the investigation.
They said they cannot confirm if the player actually hit the girl. The parents said another adult who witnessed it,told them their daughter was hit by the boy.
Wright said the district is certain about one thing, the school will make the right decision when it comes to this issue and Friday night's game.
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