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High School Coach arrested for battery

December 27, 2005

Pearson - Anita Thomas is outraged at what she says Coach Danny Boatright did to her 15-year-old son, Duke. "He kicked him, he shoved him, and he was cursing," said Thomas.

She says that just before the Christmas holidays, the coach told her son and several other students to get off of the basketball court.  "Duke replied that he didn't play varsity so he didn't have to pay attention, and that's when he kicked him," said Thomas.

Thomas went straight to the school board and swore out a warrant in Magistrate Court. Last week, the judge held a pre-warrant hearing where Boatright admitted kicking the student. "Coach Boatright just said he lost his temper," said Thomas.

The judge charged Boatright with simple battery, and a few days after his arrest, he resigned. "If he loses his temper that easily, where he has to kick somebody, then what's gonna happen next time when he loses his temper, he may do more damage," said Thomas.

Thomas says she's glad he'll no longer be working with kids in Atkinson County.

We were unable to reach Boatright for comment today.

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