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Hoggard coach fired after arrest for fight at school, students react

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Hoggard High School teacher assistant and assistant football coach has been fired days after being arrested for allegedly assaulting several students at school. A New Hanover County Schools spokeswoman said Joseph Brown’s termination was effective yesterday.

“All the people that’s always been around Coach Brown is just wishing that he never got into that situation,” said Durojaiye Andrews, a Hoggard High School football player. “Just wishing he was still here because Coach Brown was a good coach and teacher and a good role model for all the kids at Hoggard.”

The school district said Thursday after Brown was arrested it would wait for the results of an internal investigation before moving forward. Brown had been suspended with pay since the fight at Hoggard March 8.

Sheriff’s deputies charged Brown with five counts of simple assault and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

According to the arrest warrants, Brown hit multiple students in the head with a closed fist, grabbed the throat of another alleged victim and even took a yard-long wooden stick and threatened the students with it. The fight was reportedly over a stolen iPod.

“He kind of did take it a little to far, especially when they said he broke a ruler,” said Hoggard freshman Lester Jackson. “I heard it was just an all out brawl in the classroom so it was pretty bad.”

Students say Brown is the talk of the school and simply got mixed up with the wrong crowd.

“I feel like Coach Brown is a good guy. I’ve known him for a little while,” said Hoggard senior Kenny Lanier. “Things got blown out of proportion a little bit but genuinely he’s a good guy.”

WWAY called Coach Brown but he has not returned our message. His court date for the alleged assaults is on April 10.

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