Hoggard teacher assistant suspended after incident

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Submitted: Thu, 03/08/2012 - 8:00pm
Updated: Fri, 03/09/2012 - 6:11pm

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — New Hanover County Schools has suspended a teacher assistant today at John T. Hoggard High School pending the outcome of an investigation.

An alleged incident occurred at the school this morning involving a teacher assistant. The teacher assistant, Joseph C. Brown, Jr., has been suspended with pay pending an investigation of the alleged incident by the district in conjunction with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Brown has been employed with NHCS since August 2006.

“While we cannot comment on the specifics of the allegations due to the laws regarding confidentiality of personnel records, we take this matter very seriously. Once the investigation is complete, we will take the appropriate measures in accordance with New Hanover County Schools’ employee disciplinary policies if warranted,” said Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley.


  • Gramps1935 says:

    Don’t tell ME to butt out. If this was, the other way around, YOU would be protesting, and marching in the street.

  • Guest55 says:

    sTuPid…. It does involve this commentater and me. Because We Pay Tax… sTupIdOus Daaa.

  • Guest666 says:

    As a taxpayer, I will “stick my nose” as you put it anywhere that my tax dollar goes. I suppose you are one of the so-called “investigators” who try to keep things hush-hush.

  • Guest666 says:

    Here we go again……if this guy is paid with taxpayer monies, we should have the right to know what he allegedly did.

  • concernedparent says:

    I know this man. He is a great and caring individual who has literally changed the lives of many of the troubled students he has dealt with. Basically, a criminal that goes to Hoggard and pretends to be a student was responsible for stealing some of the teachers personal property. The teacher confronted the thief/criminal and now a good man is in trouble. Before anyone judges this teacher, they need to know that he deals with the worst kids imaginable on a daily basis. The “kids” he works with have severe behavioral issues and most of them are repeat offenders with the law. Many of them are violent and most of us would not accept any amount of money to spend 5 minutes with these types of people. As a parent of a child that played for Coach Brown, I know what kind of person he is. My son may not be here today if it was not for him. This is going to be a sad case where a true criminal gets away and a law abiding citizen gets in trouble.

  • CCRES says:

    Why does it matter to you? If it doesn’t involve you, keep your nose out of it. Allow the investigation to continue by the hired officials that are paid to do the job.

  • SouthEastNC says:

    People can be falsely accused of anything and their reputation ruined for doing nothing wrong.

    If he is arrested or fired, then yes we should know. But if he’s just being suspended with pay, the allegation shouldn’t be made public unless the investigation finds him at fault.

  • Concernedcitizeb says:

    People make mistakes. They are not defined by them. Nobody is good all of time and nobody walking on gods green earth is perfect. This is an individual who does not do this work for the measly pay that your tax dollars provide. This is a man that has changed lives and put needy children’s needs above his own. Shame on anyone for judging him.

  • ou812 says:

    so your saying , if a “good” person does a bad thing to a bad person it is ok??????

    severe behavioral issues and most of them are repeat offenders with the law students are still students as well. the coach needs to go if he his out of control.

    good people are good all of the time.!!!!

    your arrogant rant of trouble youth makes you dumb… of the week!

    wwaytv 3 there is a poll for you!

    dumb… of the week. lol

  • Bork says:

    I have known Coach Brown for over 20 years and he has always been a class act! He is a very selfless person who always looks out for others… I have faith that there will be a thorough investigation that will clear his name of any wrongdoing.

  • tyler says:

    coach brown is one of the best teachers iv ever had.iv known him for two years and hes helped me out and stuck up for me countless times when noone els would. Hes one of the few teachers that actually care about the students and will do what he can to help them succeed in school. Everyone makes mistakes, that dosent mean everyone should know what they are and its not their buisness. wish the best for you coach.

  • tyler says:

    this man is one of the best teachers iv ever had.Iv known him for two years and he has stuck for and been there for me when noone els was. He is one of the few teachers in school that care about the students and will do what he to help them succeed in school.Everyone makes mistakes but that dosent mean everyone souhld know about it,not their buissness. Wish the best for you coach.

  • anne says:

    Evidently he didn’t teach spelling. If he did, he failed miserably. But other than that, you are right. Judgement should not passed until the full facts are known. Which leads me to another’s post. Yes he is paid by tax money and we should know what is going on. Unfortunately schools hide behind the employee’s personal right to privacy act. That is why we get stuck with faculty and staff that should have been fired years ago.

  • Guestsmiley says:

    Let’s just see how this plays out before any of us throw stones. It might just be an investigation.

  • Beach Bum says:

    If he was defending himself as the result of an assualt, then he is allowed to, regardless if it involves a kid or not. Regardless if he is the adult or not. You can not go into a fight and not expect to get hit back. Everyone has the right to self defense.

    Maybe the parents of those so called behavioral challenged childrens should of taught them, don’t start none there won’t be none.

    Keep on keeping on Coach.

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