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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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71 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Families say coach came looking for alleged victims night before assaults"

2015 years 10 months ago

Kids at Hoggard do look awful and likely did steal iPod; here is record of one of the scholars in question…


DOC Number: 1278083
Probation/Parole/Post Release Status: ACTIVE
Gender: MALE
Ethnic Group: AFRICAN
Age: 18

2015 years 10 months ago

You teach? It certainly isn’t english, spelling or grammar. My gosh. Do yourself a favor, go back to school and get an education. Your heart seems to be in the right place but you ’emberrase’ yourself with your writing.

JTH Class of 2011, one of the last good years
2015 years 10 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 have believed them. Parents think that their children are angels when they are actually criminals with no regard for human feelings or personal belongings. People who steal either can’t get what they stole or just don’t care about how someone would feel. If the child wanted the ipod so bad why wouldn’t their parents buy their perfect little angel the ipod?

2015 years 10 months ago

so basically this mom is mad at coach brown for physically assaulting someone so she wants to physically assault him.. thats hypocrisy at its finest. Im not saying how coach brown reacted wasnt over board, but this whole situation wouldnt have happened in the first place and hoggard wouldnt have lost a great coach if the thug thief kids didnt take what wasent theirs in the first place. Its funny, i see kids like that all the time that act so tough and steal stuff but as soon as an adult reacts and the parents get involved, they play the innocent victim like they did nothing wrong.

are you kidding me
2015 years 10 months ago

you want to know what was on the ipod?! how about pictures of his mother who recently passed away. You dont know coach brown. hes a good man and a great coach, your the punk for judging people you know nothing about


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