On Friday, a teacher living in Jacksonville, Florida was put under arrest for getting into an altercation with a mother while at a children’s baseball game.
The teacher—who teaches at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs—is Terry Lee Coursey, who is 37 years old.
According to media reports, she was suspended as a result of her arrest—according to a spokesperson for the school district.
According to court records, Coursey made the decision to plead not guilty to a charge of simple battery, which is a first-degree misdemeanor.
The arrest report states that the alleged incident occurred on February 23rd at about 7 in the evening. This happened during a Little League practice, which was being held at the Orange Park Athletic Association.
The alleged victim in this case claims that Coursey started to attack her and then punched her in the face repeatedly—and then Coursey tackled her.
Coursey was apparently criticizing the victim for wearing what are referred to as “short shorts” to the Little League practice. Things escalated from there.
In addition to cuts on her right wrist, the victim had marks on her elbow, chest, and shoulder. There were also bruises on the victim’s forearms.
An arraignment is scheduled to be held on March 12th.
Coursey spoke with law enforcement about the incident the day after it occurred. However, details regarding that conversation were redacted from the woman’s arrest report.
Whether or not the altercation was only about the short shorts will eventually come out; however, there is no doubt that parents often take their children’s sporting events far too seriously; in fact, they often take the games more seriously than the children actually participating in them do.
Violence tends to ensue when things don’t go the way parents think they should.
For example, back in 2012, an angry father named Timothy Lee Forbes actually bit the ear off a coach during a basketball championship—this happened after sucker punching the coach. The coach lost two inches of his ear; in order to make him look relatively normal, plastic surgeons had to actually reduce the size of the other ear. Forbes would end up sentenced to four years in prison as a result of that heinous act.
Back in 2000, there was an incident related to high school football. A man named Jerome Breland was upset that his son was being bullied by a teammate, who was 12 years old. Exhibiting extremely poor judgment, Breland decided to poison the teammate by adding ipecac to the kid’s water bottle. He encouraged his son to give the tainted water bottle to his teammate.
Ipecac, in larger doses, is used to make people vomit forcefully. If too much is taken, it can actually be fatal, which means that Breland could have accidentally killed his son’s teammate.
Fortunately, the teammate lived. The water bottle was actually passed around the team, which means that Breland ended up inadvertently poisoning many children. Practice did need to be cancelled. For obvious reasons, eight members of the team ended up having to go to the hospital. Shortly thereafter, people figured out what Breland did; he was sentenced to six months of house arrest as well as one year of community service.
Joseph Cordes is an interesting case. Back in 2012, he really wanted his daughter’s hockey team to win. He used this laser pointer to disturb the vision of the opposing goalie by shining it in the goalie’s eyes—thereby giving his daughter’s team an edge. It worked, as the team actually won 3-1. For obvious reasons, the opposing team wasn’t too thrilled with the win and protested it, the protest was actually overruled.
There have also been examples of mothers using their cleavage to distract players, rich men buying entire football leagues to benefit their sons, and even the hiring of hitmen—all in the name of sports. One man named Thomas Junta even beat a coach to death for allowing rough play during a hockey game.
The lesson to be learned from all of this, apparently, is that youth sports can be dangerous and unfair—and that’s just because of the parents, not the players.