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LISD teacher placed on paid administrative leave, resigns after alleged assault against student

O.L. Slaton Middle School (Source: KCBD Video) O.L. Slaton Middle School (Source: KCBD Video)

A teacher and football coach at O.L. Slaton was placed on paid administrative leave and resigned after being accused of assaulting a student during football practice on Sept. 29. 

According to the police report, the student walked up to the coach and swatted him on the back of the head. The student said this was a common occurrence in football practice used to pump each other up. The student said the coach looked at him and said "Don't ever touch my hair again." The student thought the coach was joking, so he reached up and touched the coach's beard.  The coach grabbed the student by the jersey and yelled not to touch him again. The student again thought the coach was joking and he laughed. The coach then allegedly grabbed the student in the chest area and threw him on the ground. The coach got on top of the student and placed his elbow in the middle of his chest, putting all of his weight into his elbow, making it hard for the student to breathe. The student told police he heard a loud pop from his back and was in pain.

The police report says the student remembers waking up on the ground with the coach trying to wake him up. The student says his helmet was off, but he did not remember how it was removed. He also said his head was pounding and his ear was hurting. He was also dazed and confused. He initially did not remember how he got on the ground or what happened.

The student said his teammates told him he was shaking on the ground and had lost consciousness, and his ear was bleeding.

The student told police he went into the locker room to get his ear to stop bleeding and after a few minutes, he returned to practice. He told police he did not tell any administrators or teachers about the incident, but told his parents when he got home from school. His parents returned to the school to tell administrators about the incident.

LISD has released the following statement about the incident:

Lubbock ISD Police have concluded their investigation into an incident involving a student and a coach at OL Slaton MS. The investigation has been turned over to the Lubbock County District Attorney for review. The teacher was placed on paid administrative leave while the incident was being investigated and has since resigned. 

The name of the coach has not been released to the public at this time.

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