H.S. Coach Charged With Assaulting Students

A high school coach in Wilmington is under arrest, accused of assaulting several students.

Joseph Brown, Jr. turned himself in late Wednesday. The assistant coach at Hoggard High School is charged with five counts of simple assault and one county of assault with a deadly weapon.

Arrest warrants say the assaults took place last Thursday. Brown is accused of striking the students with a closed fist on their forehead, right arm and head, along with grabbing one student's throat. On the assault with a deadly weapon charge, the coach is accused of using a yard-long square wooden stick to strike a wooden table near a student, putting them in fear.

Brown was released on a $60,000 bond. He was suspended with pay last week by the school system.


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  • by Anne on Mar 16, 2012 at 01:41 PM
    They just may have deserved a little shaking up. Let's hear his side.
  • by SassyMom Location: ENC on Mar 16, 2012 at 01:40 PM
    OMG! This is my alma mater! Graduated in 1989. Sad to see something like this going on at my old highschool. I hope that if he is guilty, he is punished appropriately. I won't say that I believe this happened or didn't happen because there isn't enough information about it yet, but when I was there, the coaches and other staff were nothing but professional and very kind. Everyone was always there to help or lend a hand. Sad, very sad. GO VIKINGS!!!!
  • by JC on Mar 16, 2012 at 09:09 AM
    So glad to see most people are in support of this coach until he has time to tell his side of the story! After reading the complaints, it sounds like there is definitely another side~ We should always encourage our kids to let us know if they feel threatened but we should also not automatically assume someone's guilt! ~ Let the whole story come out!
  • by Shanny Location: Greenville on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:59 AM
    It is really hard to be nice to some students these days. It's sad that some of these children don't even respect their own parents. No I not saying the coach should have put his hands on those children,but who knows if he didn't maybe they would have put their hands on him. He shouldn't lose his job behind this children these days needs to respect their elders.
  • by J D Location: ENC on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:54 AM
    I agree with many here we need to hear this guys side of the story. When my kids were in school I talked to each and everyone of his teachers every year. I told them if there was a problem with my child to handle it as they saw fit. And to call me and I would make sure there was no repeat offense. I worked all day as many pearents did but I always made sure that I got to their school to meet his teachers and to offer my wife and my own help. We were just one of the very few that took the time to do this. We always sent realms of paper and other supplies to help their teachers. The job of being a parent DOES NOT STOP AT CONCEPTION. If you can not be there for them all day every day you might want to wear a condom. Being a parent is not easy. Be a parent not a friend. If you can be both that is great.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:43 AM
    Free Brown
  • by mike on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:19 AM
    Funny how a lot of people commenting are probably not teachers, they just raise bad kids.
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      by SassyMom on Mar 16, 2012 at 01:41 PM in reply to mike
      no,no,no! You can raise your children well and they still turn out bad! and i don't remember there being anything said in the article about the kids being bad.
  • by Donna on Mar 16, 2012 at 06:38 AM
    It takes a special person to truly be a good teacher and/or coach to children these days. I've walked into my 4 year old's daycare & couldn't get out of there fast enough because of the unruly kids. And when I was in school, a teacher would pop you on the hand with a ruler if you acted foolish. I'm not saying that putting your hands on a child is right but children need to respect teachers and adults in general.
  • by Respect for Educators Location: kinston, nc on Mar 16, 2012 at 06:02 AM
    I know the hardship these school teachers have to deal with. They are the most under paid professionals in the State system. If thats not enough they have to put up with being disrespected by these students, and the students KNOW the teacher can not discipline them. It's not fair for the teacher to have to deal with this kind of mess. I know what would have happened to me if I acted out in school. I would have hated to get off the school bus when it got me home so afraid what my mother had waiting for me. Thats right a trip to the wood shed.
  • by What's the problem? on Mar 16, 2012 at 04:27 AM
    Spare the rod spoil the child, and let me tell you brother, that's is the major problem with the lack of respect kids exhibit this day and age. I say good job coach, unfortunately we live in a society of where any physical discipline is considered child abuse. There is no moderation, you will be found guilty,and lose your job. Good luck.
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