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Published: Thursday, July 7 2011 2:48 p.m. MDT

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screenname123
Sandy, UT

I love how the kid is a known loud mouth but is suddenly barely audible on the witness stand. Getting coached a little??? I wonder if he back talks his teachers anymore?

yankees27
Heber, Utah

Too bad the system has failed both of these people. A troubled young boy who needs help, but the parents didn't see it, until it was too late. And a lifelong educator and coach who will now possibly lose everything because he was left to take out the trash, not the administration who should have dealt with this kid long ago, but who "had our hands tied" and kept sending him back to class time and time again.

The coach will win the trial. Utah code 53 A-11-802 allows corporal punishment in some instances, and with the 47 witnesses, it will be shown that he was in line to dissolve a situation with an out of control student who could/would have possibly harmed others or property if he wasn't dealt with quickly and correctly.

I could understand a simple assault charge because of technicality, but child abuse is way out of line. We are sending a message to punks that it's ok to blow off authority, and never listen to teachers or coaches because mommy and daddy will make "one call, that's all" and save the day for you

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Blown way out of proportion. Just like the Alta High incident. And now a good man will forever be tainted by the allegation from this student. Remember about 20 years ago when a well known Brighton High teacher got accused of fondling a female student in class during a film? It took over a year for that student to finially admit she made it up. Teacher innocent? Yes. Teachers reputation repaired? No. If the student was acting like the coach described, then the student deserved much more than he got. The Judge, DA, accuser and everyone else ought to be ashamed.

just-a-fan
Bountiful, UT

If my son was such a pest that a teacher had to hit him in the head with a hockey stick I'd give the teacher a medal and then deal with my son at home. When I was a high school student my mother was called to the school for me being a wiseguy ONCE. Yeah, ONCE...I never got out of line again. I do not believe any law was broken. It's sad because this teacher's reputation is being tarnished.

TruthBTold
SLC, UT

I could not agree more with yankees27!

I wish this Coach all the best. He should already know that the community of Heber City, the football community statewide, and adults everywhere who have dealt with such rebellious teens in any setting, applaud him; not for any alleged "abuse", but for doing what this teens parents should have done years ago!

Ironic isn't it that now, in a court room, when the chips are down and the kid has to face the consequences of his lies and actions (and a good man's reputation has been tarnished), that half the courtroom can now be filled with "family & friend supporters". Where were they in the months and years preceeding this? What would a "tap on the head" by a family member done to prevent this whole thing from happening in the first place--and escalating out of control.

This is another example of a litigious society with their hand out looking for justification of their personal ills, and land full of lawyers and judges who think they can dictate morality and discipline without ever stepping into a classroom, hallway, gymnasium, etc. and having to deal with such attitudes on a daily basis.

Big Pappy
west jordan, utah

This dumb kid has changed his story more than Casey Anthony! This is much to do about nothing. The kid wasn't beaten or abused. Coach North just got this kids attention. Way to go Steve. Hope to see you teaching at WHS for years to come

Emma Frost
Layton Utah, UT

I think that coach north should be punished!

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