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A shocking cell phone video shows a high school basketball coach using a weightlifting belt to whip one of his players. In the video, the coach isn’t exactly letting the belt do all the work, he is loading up and destroying that kid’s backside! More players at the school, Murrah High School in Jackson, Miss., say they have been whipped too. The coach, asst. coach Marlon Dorsey, admitted to paddling the boys and is now reportedly on leave, and now some of the parents have filed a lawsuit against the school district….(ask yourself, does this warrant a lawsuit?) Keep reading!

The players and their parents met to discuss the coach on Nov. 2. Some of them accepted a written apology in which Dorsey claims his actions were punishment for bad behavior.

An attorney for one of the players, Lisa Ross, says that claims made by coach Dorsey about the players behavior are false.

“There will be simply no evidence to show that any of my clients ever stole a cell phone; that they were disruptive in the classroom or that they disrespected any teacher, administrator or any other student. If they had done so, they were supposed to do a write-up and they have not received any sort of write-up,” she said.

The whippings allegedly have been going on since September, but the players didn’t report them for fear of being kicked off the basketball team…That explanation right is reason enough to put just a little doubt into your mind as to why you don’t hear about this sort of thing happening with your student-athlete. I have coached at the high school level before, baseball in fact for 3 years. I have been in the classroom, I’ve dealt with kids bringing brass knuckles to school, knives, drugs etc. Luckily for them those kids that I encountered making those types of irrational decisions were not on my baseball team, other wise they would have suffered the consequences!

Consequences? Yeah you know those things that teachers and coaches have to have in plain view in their classrooms or gym! Oh, wait you mean those things, that if you do something wrong that’s against school/classroom policy you’ll be made accountable for? Yes, those! Which by the way, read in my classroom…1. Verbal Warning…2. Detention…3. Notify Parents – I usually made the kid call mommy or daddy  :(. You get it right? Well in the case of athletics, I can’t tell you how many times when I was a student-athlete, that I was sent to my coaches for acting up in class…It was a bunch!  If I slacked on the court/field…We were running, doing push ups, suicides (if you ever played a sport, you know what these are), running horses, doing “wall sits” for an hour. More to the point, in basketball, if I didn’t run the play like my coach wanted me to, we were all running, base line to base line with folding chairs over our heads.

Why does this method sometimes not work now days? Kids are different, and I believe it varies from environment to environment. I believe parenting has a lot to do with it, (If you’re not held accountable at home, when you are told to take responsibility at school/in athletics for something – it is that much more difficult a lot of times).

I’ve worked at schools that apply corporal punishment, parents must sign a waiver, giving permission to the dean of students to apply a paddle with a hole in it to the backside of any child refusing to comply. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but if it is legal within the state, and the school makes the decision to institute that sort of punishment into its system, parents sign off on it…whats the problem?

The problem at the school in Mississippi where this took place is simple. Corporal punishment is prohibited (at least that’s what the district’s website says).

The problem too, is when it goes over board. In the video, you watch an ignorant, incompetent, control freak of a man beat the snot out of a kid. This is a coach, we’ve all seen videos of teachers beating kids, throwing desks at children in the classroom. When a coach disciplines a kid, whatever the measure the coach/disciplinarian takes has usually been looked at as satisfactory. This is not acceptable!

http://www.youtube.com/v/kiSFRlhfYh8?fs=1&hl=en_US

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