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Warren County officials press for GBI investigation into coach attack

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 8:26 PM
Last updated 8:35 PM
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As Warren County High School head football coach David Daniel continues to recover after being attacked after a game Friday night, the Warren County schools’ administration remains adamant about getting the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to examine the entire incident.

District Superintendent Carole Jean Carey said a Warren County Board of Education attorney has stepped in and prepared a letter on behalf of the board, the mayor, state Sen. Bill Jackson and herself to send to officials who can ask the GBI to step in, including the Superior Court judge with jurisdiction. John Bankhead of the GBI confirmed Tuesday his agency isn’t yet involved.

Investigator Ricky Brown of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said his agency is looking into the case and the interview process isn’t completed.

He said possible charges could be battery or aggravated assault, if there’s “enough evidence to pursue.”

Daniel was seriously hurt after Friday night’s 21-2 win at Hancock Central, which was when Carey said Daniel was attacked by an opposing player who used a helmet as a weapon. Daniel’s injuries required reconstructive surgery on his face.

The player has not yet been named.

Ralph Swearngin, the executive director of the Georgia High School Association, confirmed the GHSA has received Warren County’s report on Friday’s incident.

On Monday, Swearngin said he needs reports from both schools and a police report. As for any penalties the GHSA can give out, he made clear the GHSA is waiting on all information.

“Even in the most open kind of situations, you need to get both sides of it,” Swearngin said.

However, when speaking in general terms, he said the GHSA has the power to penalize one or more school teams and can give multiyear penalties. He likened the GHSA to the NCAA in that matter.

Because of the incident, Carey said Warren County won’t be playing Hancock Central in any sport for an indefinite period.

After the investigation is done and before the basketball season begins – Daniel is Warren County’s girls basketball coach — she wants to meet with Swearngin about “what in the world can be done.”

Though Daniel didn’t attend football practice, Carey said the coach worked until late Monday night, looking at game film at his home.

Carey, who spoke with the coach on Tuesday, said the pressure in Daniel’s eye is “going down some.”

Daniel’s wife, Rochelle, said her husband is himself personality-wise. She said many people have given their well-wishes to Daniel. She also said Daniel is on pain medication but is still hurting.

“He’s a wonderful man,” she said. “He’s dedicated his life to students.”

As for the chances of Daniel coaching Friday against Washington-Wilkes, Carey said the focus is still on how Daniel is doing day to day, even though she knows he would be out there if he got his way.

“He would love to be already back,” Carey said. “He wants the team to get focused, be prepared for Friday.”

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Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 10/18/11 - 10:39 pm
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Good luck with the Hancock

Good luck with the Hancock County Sheriff's office and the Sheriff in paticular. Way past time for a changing of the guard.

GHSA rules also have requirements for a certain number of police officers per number of patrons and if the home school is failing to provide adequate security, they need to be dealt with acordingly.

As for what happened, you can rest assured it is on video so the is no excuse in not knowing the player information as of yet.

Bring in the GBI.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 10/19/11 - 02:29 am
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KUDOS to Sen. Bill Jackson

KUDOS to Sen. Bill Jackson for supporting SOS Carey in her efforts to insure that this incident is investigated thoroughly and that the party or parties responsible for the battery on Coach Daniel and his players be appropriately punished.

wildman
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wildman 10/19/11 - 04:35 am
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Sparta is no place to be day

Sparta is no place to be day or night. I will drive out of the way to keep from going through Sparta especially after dark.

ConcernedTaxpayer
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ConcernedTaxpayer 10/19/11 - 06:13 am
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Seems to me that it smacks of

Seems to me that it smacks of 'cover up' on the part of Hancock Sheriffs Dept. since they refuse to get the GBI involved.

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Brad Owens 10/19/11 - 06:27 am
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Still trying to figure out

Still trying to figure out what happened.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/19/11 - 08:54 am
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Certainly the GBI should step

Certainly the GBI should step in. I also think that the Dept of Justice should get involved (but of course it was the wrong race attacked, right Holder?). Where are the race warlords Jessie Jackson & Al Sharpton?! If you want racial equality, then be men & show up to defend the white guys who were attacked. The players who instigated & carried out this attack should be banned from high school sports for life.

I smell a tasty lawsuit that will be filed soon. If the local county govt is covering it up then take it to a higher court. Justice will prevail.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/19/11 - 10:18 am
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jenny. Black players attack

jenny. Black players attack white players and white coaches. Causing substantial injury. Black sheriff will not allow the GBI to investigate.

It was racial and still is racial. If the tables were turned and it was white on black this would be national news. The NAACP, Jessie and Al would be on their pulpits screaming about justice and racism.

See the irony here? I'm sick of the double standard. It's got to stop.

TK3
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TK3 10/19/11 - 10:23 am
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Just another sad example of

Just another sad example of why bone head contact (so called) sports such as football does NOT belong in "public school" curriculum's, especially grade schools. Of course to many $pecial interest and "bone head" parents for the best interest of the child to ever win.

Warren Alum
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Warren Alum 10/19/11 - 10:41 am
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Chillen, Yes, Warren County's

Chillen,
Yes, Warren County's coach is a Caucasian man. However, anyone from the area knows that the Warren County High School itself is almost 100% African American. So to say that black players were attacking white players and white coaches is not an accurate statement. From my understanding, the talk around Warrenton throughout last week was that the Hancock players were threatening to fight the team after the game. I don't believe that this started out as a racial issue considering the ethnic makeup of both teams. However, it has become one now because the man who ended up in surgery was a white man, and the corrupt Hancock sheriff's department (which just happens to be black) is refusing to allow the GBI to investigate.

jennyrviera
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jennyrviera 10/19/11 - 11:35 am
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Chillen, why do you keep

Chillen, why do you keep bringing up the "race" card?? You are the only one
who is making it a race issue. No one else has said a thing about the color
of one's skin in regards to this issue. It shouldn't matter if all those
invovled where purple, yellow, white or green with polka dots, a man was
severly injured at the hands of a STUDENT and it needs to be dealt with the
right way! So HUSH with all of this nonsense about race and let the cards
fall how they may. Good grief.....

Chillen
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Chillen 10/19/11 - 11:56 am
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Apparently other posters

Apparently other posters agree.

"I don't believe that this started out as a racial issue considering the ethnic makeup of both teams. However, it has become one now because the man who ended up in surgery was a white man, and the corrupt Hancock sheriff's department (which just happens to be black) is refusing to allow the GBI to investigate."

In fact, if you look beyond the Augusta Chronicle jenny, you'll see many people agree.

It's just my opinion. Which I am entitled to without ridicule.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/19/11 - 12:56 pm
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TK3, "bone head contact (so

TK3, "bone head contact (so called) sports such as football does NOT belong in "public school" curriculum's"

This incident didn't have anything to do with fottball being a contact sport or whether it needs to be part of a school's curriculum. This incident happened because some immature player decided he didn't like the way the game went and decided to act like a jerk. Unsportsman like conduct can happen whether it's football, tennis, baseball, swimming or any other sport, contact or not.

ProudAFL
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ProudAFL 10/19/11 - 12:57 pm
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Hey Jenny, I sure wish Jesse

Hey Jenny, I sure wish Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton could read your posts and learn to stay at home when any future situations arise that don't directly affect them or their family. I agree the color of the skin of either the attacker or victim doesn't matter and hope you can educate others to follow your lead.

jennyrviera
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jennyrviera 10/19/11 - 02:33 pm
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ICL, point well made!!! PAFL,

ICL, point well made!!! PAFL, I agree 100% with your statement. They only come to light when something supposedly"wrong" has happened,but never when there is a positive light shined upon a person. Do you see them attending graduations for accpomplised seniors, or when a small business opens are they there to help cut the ribbon? No, but heaven forbid, the street curb crumble as a person steps off of it and they we have it folks a lawsuit for the wrong purpose! People, you can't rely on others and "public figures" to handle and sort out the wrong doings of you and your community. You as a community and a tax payer should be able to stand on your own soap box and preach your opinions, don't use a mouth piece to say what you need to do yourself, because in the end, that mouth piece is going back to the luxury of his/her house and you are stuck there trying to figure out what comes next! Take action and make your own decisions, they affect you, not the public figure, and stop blaming everyone else for your wrong doings!!

They say that the player still has not been ID, and I am guessing that he is being protected by his own, meaning the fellow players, just remember this one saying, "what happens in the dark shall come to light". I hope the guilt is eating this player(s) alive with what was done to this coach!!

ProudAFL
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ProudAFL 10/19/11 - 01:39 pm
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Very well said Jenny. God is

Very well said Jenny. God is watching and will gnaw at the player(s) until the guilt is too overwhelming.

CCBall
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CCBall 10/19/11 - 03:41 pm
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I haven't been thinking of

I haven't been thinking of race being involved myself until several of you made the point that Coach Daniels was one of the few Whites there. I do not think Coach Daniels or race is why the mob attacks started but it is interesting that he was singled out to take the Hail Marry helmet shot to the head.

CCBall
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CCBall 10/19/11 - 03:51 pm
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TK3, saying football should

TK3, saying football should be banded because of a criminal act that occurred after the game is like saying that the Sport of figure skating should be band because of the "extreme jeolous violence" of Tonya Harding on Nancy Kerigan.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/20/11 - 11:29 am
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I do not know much about

I do not know much about Hancock County or Sparta, but when you drive through Sparta, you get the impression that the city is big enough to have its own police department. Does anybody know whether it does or not? Also, is the football stadium in the city limits or outside Sparta? You see where I'm going here. Everyone is talking about Hancock County sheriff's department. If Sparta has a police department, maybe they could investigate.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/20/11 - 11:34 am
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Oh, yes, I liked the poster

Oh, yes, I liked the poster on another thread who called this place, "Hitchcock" County. I love most of his movies and used to enjoy watching his television series in re-runs.

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Riverman1 10/20/11 - 11:34 am
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The town of Sparta has a

The town of Sparta has a sheriff. The football field is in town. Trust me the Sparta sheriff will not go against the tide. The DA's and judges get along very well with both sheriffs even if they are from the Ocmulgee Judicial District and don't live in Sparta. They always figure out cases beforehand...know what I mean?

Now, none of that is meant to take sides in this issue. No one really knows yet. I've heard some interesting statements that the injured coach broke up the fight and threw a helmet first that hit a player. Also, that they felt they had to fight their way out even before the fight started because the door was locked. But I simply don't know and won't quote the injured coach's side now because that's been done often.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/20/11 - 11:41 am
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I'll be a realist and let the

I'll be a realist and let the chips fall where they may. I've been through Sparta often and have never seen a white person on the streets of that town. I looked up the demographics on wiki and it is 85% black. That could have affected the incident in many ways. It could have been racial from either side. Then again, maybe race had nothing to do with it.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/20/11 - 11:53 am
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You know how it is a trendy

You know how it is a trendy thing these days for schools to have mottos or "vision statements." Would it be fair to say that Hancock Central's motto is “Don’t Snitch” ?

JAG
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JAG 10/20/11 - 11:09 pm
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Are teams still going to

Are teams still going to travel to there? I wouldn't walk my dog there.

thisisstupid
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thisisstupid 09/28/12 - 10:50 pm
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I used to work with David

I used to work with David before he was a Coach. I personally worked with him for years. He gave 100% to whatever he did. He always stayed in shape and was a weight lifter. He left a good paying job to become a coach. I once seen him get hit in the face with a defected solid iron railcar door handle that knocked him down backwards on a railroad track. He immediately stood back up and walked off. Hes one tough cookie. It didn't surprise me to hear that a football helmet couldn't stopped him. He's really a motivated and friendly sociable guy. From all the paper makers from Augusta Ga.We wish the best for you,your family and your School.

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