By James Clark | email
MORTON, TX AND LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A lawsuit is imminent against former Morton ISD Athletic Director Don Rives, who was also the middle school football coach. Rives resigned January 6th on the same day he was indicted by a grand jury for two counts of Injury To A Child. Rives is accused of assaulting two students in two separate incidents back in December.
The lawsuit to be filed in Cochran County says Rives struck Alan Lopez "… multiple times, threw him to the ground, verbally threatened him and left physical marks…"
It goes on to say the Rives struck Nathaniel Hernandez, "… threw him against the lockers, choked him, and left bruises and abrasions on his throat, face, and back."
The two families are represented by Lubbock attorney Davis W. Smith and his associate Carl Knickerbocker, who mailed the lawsuit from Lubbock to the Cochran County Clerk's office on Thursday. Officially the lawsuit will not be filed until it is received in the clerk's office but Smith provided a copy after requested by KCBD NewsChannel 11.
The lawsuit says that the school principal "knew and should have known about Defendant Don Rives' use of excessive disciplinary force..."
Smith said by phone, "They turned a blind eye to it and that's why we're filing a lawsuit."
The lawsuit seeks unspecified money damages.
Rives declined the chance to comment on advice of his attorney. The Morton ISD also declined comment.
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