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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.

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JTH Class of 2011, one of the last good years
2015 years 11 months ago

I graduated from Hoggard in 2011, so I know how these kids act. These kids are completely out of control and don’t have respect for people or their belongings. Stealing is wrong regardless of your “behavioral/mental/whatever state”. Honestly im sure the kids deserved to be hit, Brown is a good man and knows how to do his job. Nobody would want to deal with these kids for such a long time period; you are bound to crack. Also if he would have asked the parents about the ipod the child could have easily lied about it, and the parents would… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

so you are gonna be able to protect your child from society? your child is gonna be the model adult you are striving for? You don’t know what the future holds for children because unfortunately society has a hand in raising them as well.Bad children or good children,guess what? THEY ARE CHILDREN AND BELONG TO SOMEONE.So if Brown goes ,your child can go with him….so he can brainwash,build trust with your child and then break him down.You can praise the control freak,but putting your hands on anyone’s child is not a good thing.You parents are ignorant and I feel sorry… Read more »

say what you want
2015 years 11 months ago

It was a IPOD for crying outloud! Where is it in the teacher’s manual where it says you can assault your students?? The facts on Charles Manson,Mlk,etc are true and comes down to this….THEY WERE ALL ONCE CHILDREN.

MOST OF THESE COMMENTERS ARE COACH BROWN,HIS WIFE,AND THEIR FRIENDS.He built a trust in these children,to then put fear into them.YOUR children probably never told you about things he has done in the past because they are scared.He told them his wife is a lawyer and he will get off.

If his temper is that bad,he needs to work elsewhere.I don’t care if the… Read more »

tell the truth
2015 years 11 months ago

you must not have children…??? If someone physically assaults your child,you wouldn’t be upset?? I don’t blame the mom,she did not go hit the coach upside the head,she said she wanted to.smh so quick to throw these children away

2015 years 11 months ago

He did not “beat them up”, they surrounded him! Put yourself in the same position….being an educator does not make you a saint it makes you a scapegoat for an irresponsible society..

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