No criminal charges against Cottonwood coach Josh Lyman, prosecutors confirm

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  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    May 1, 2012 5:49 p.m.

    It's painfully clear that the school district has badly mishandled this claim and failed to protect themselves and Coach Lyman.

    Ready -- Prepare yourself in advance by determining how to handle delicate ethical dilemmas. Determine what are the important facts and how they should be gathered. Create policies based upon 'best practice' with a commitment to the welfare of all parties.

    Aim -- Prepare to appropriate action with a clear understanding of all potential ramifications so that the best interests of all are insured. Gather information before acting.

    Fire -- Take action only after facts have been gathered and properly confirmed or disconfirmed. Be sure you know that your actions are correct. Do no harm to innocent bystanders or those falsely accused. Avoid embarrassing people or yourselves.

    Ready, Aim, Fire. Those are the steps. That's the order. The School District HR staff and administrators badly mishandled this entire case.

  • Trooper55 Williams, AZ
    May 1, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    I don't know alot about this case, but what I read in the aritcles that were wrote. I believe that there needs to be guidelines that need to be followed, and if that crosses the line of acceptable and not acceptable, then the school district needs to do a compelete investagation, if the coach is found to be wrong than the board must remove him from his postition, if he is cleared than he must be restored to his postion. I used the word and thats just what it means. All this country it has been getting out of hand with wrong doings between teachers and student, and I believe that this is wrong and needs to be handle swiftly.

  • Mokie Right Here, UT
    May 1, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    I hate seeing this kind of garbage. Coaches and Teachers have no power in these situations. The power lies with the kids, and that is not right. Anyone could just up and accuse someone of anything and then the coach and teacher have their names dragged through the mud and nothing happens to the student. Also, I know that when a juvenile is part of it, the names are with held, but if this girl is 18 and legal, we have a right to know her name. Don't we? It is so sad when the accuser can remain behind closed doors, but the one accused is announced all over the media.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 30, 2012 5:24 p.m.

    "The information presented in the investigation provided evidence of contact between the student and Lyman," Gill wrote in a letter to the Granite School District. "However, the evidence did not support the conclusion that a crime was committed by Lyman against the student."

    What does that mean exactly? Did he give her a hug like arm around the shoulder hey you're a good kid kinda thing or did they maybe have a more intimate embrace?

    If what he did isn't quite criminal is it still inappropriate? I would hate to think this stemmed from him maybe putting his arm around her shoulder in a reassuring manner like one might do to any kid he coaches or teaches. It is a sad world we live in if any sort of physical contact is now grounds for getting fired and possibly prosecuted.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 30, 2012 5:23 p.m.

    This brings to mind a quote from the falsely accused Secretary of Labor under President Reagan:

    "Where do I go to get my repuation back?"

    If this is purely a false accustion by a student, then there should be civil, if not criminal, charges to punish them!