A teen at the center of an incident that happened in the football program at Douglas High has now been charged with felony assault of an educator.
He reportedly struck a coach with his fist.
An incident in the Douglas field house where some damage was done apparently started things. No one would take responsibility and none of the other players would say who did it.
So a coach had all the players do “bear crawls” on some asphalt. That in turn led a parent to post pictures on Facebook of what he alleged to be injuries to his son’s hands. Authorities later said those injuries instead were related to the boy doing powerlifting on his own and had nothing to do with football.
But the post went viral and was picked up by lots of news agencies around north Alabama. Reports were in turn filed with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.
County superintendent Cindy Wigley stood by the coach from the outset and said an investigation would lead to other details coming out.
On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office issued this statement:
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“The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office investigated two reports related to an incident that took place at Douglas High School on 8-19-19.
“At the conclusion of this investigation, a petition was signed against a juvenile for assault 2nd on an educator, employed by the Marshall County Board of Education. The case has now been referred to the juvenile court of Marshall County for further prosecution.”