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Report of coach pulling gun on student being investigated

by Minden Press-Herald

An altercation reportedly involving a Webster Parish assistant coach and a student has the powers that be investigating a claim that the coach pulled a gun on a student and threatened to kill him.

Webster Parish Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dan Rawls had no comment and said he had just heard about the alleged incident.

“Here’s what I know,” he said. “There was an alleged incident like that. I don’t have any proof, any statements, nothing. I’ve just been told about it.”

The Press-Herald received a tip Tuesday morning that an altercation took place at a recent basketball game, but sources close to the investigation say no gun or weapon of any type was involved.

“All I know is a teacher and a student had words,” a source familiar with the incident said, “and the student was cussing the teacher, and he told the teacher he was going to ‘whip him,’ and the teacher said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to pop a cap on you.’ There was no firearm involved.”

At this point, Rawls said the incident is being investigated to find out what is true and what isn’t. It is unknown if these words were actually said, or if they were said in jest. He said he isn’t even sure when the alleged incident took place.

“Until it crosses my desk and I have signed statements, I can’t tell you what I really have,” Rawls said. “I contacted the school and told them they need to get to the bottom of it and get it to me ASAP.”

He said he’s not even sure the parents have filed a complaint yet.

“They’re researching what took place, and we will evaluate the situation and if we need to take action, we will,” Rawls said.

No action has been taken at this time pending a full investigation. Law enforcement officials have also not been contacted as of yet.

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