WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Hoggard High School teacher assistant, who is also an assistant football coach, is charged with assaulting several students at school. Sheriff’s deputies charged Joseph Clinton Brown Jr. with five counts of simple assault and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.
Today the families of some of the alleged victims are speaking out.
“My feelings was hurt,” said Donna Price, the mother of one of the boys allegedly assaulted. “I wanted to go jump on the coach and punch him upside the head.”
Brown can usually be found behind Coach Scott Braswell on the football field, but Wednesday night Coach Brown found himself behind bars.
Investigators and the alleged victims’ families say it all started over an i-pod.
Cynthia Bowen, the grandmother and legal guardian of alleged victim Brian Bowen, says Brown hit Brian in the head multiple times March 8.
“It was not right for that to happen to nobody. Not my grandson. Not the other boys. Coach Brown went too far. He went too far,” Cynthia Brown said.
Families of those Hoggard students say the most disturbing part about this whole situation is that Coach Brown came to their house the night before asking about his iPod.
“That was real ridiculous, because I feel like if he had a problem he should have addressed the parents,” Price said. “You was at our house. You could have talked to us about the situation, not take matters into your own hands.”
According to the arrest warrants, Brown hit multiple students in the head with a closed fist, grabbed the throat of another alleged victim and even took a yard-long wooden stick and threatened the students with it.
Price took her son to the hospital with what she calls a bad contusion on his head. The other families remain extremely upset about what happened.
We called Brown for comment today, but he has not returned our call.
New Hanover County Schools says Brown is still suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation. That investigation is expected to be done by Monday.