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Woodlawn HS football coach arrested for slapping student

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Holmes, front and center, is charged with simple battery (Photo courtesy: Facebook) Holmes, front and center, is charged with simple battery (Photo courtesy: Facebook)
(Photo courtesy: Facebook) (Photo courtesy: Facebook)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A coach at Woodlawn Leadership Academy was arrested Thursday morning for slapping a student across the face.

DeCarlos Holmes, 35, was issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery after meeting with Det. Jackie Winston at the Caddo Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division.  

According to information from the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, the incident took place in the school gym on November 1st. The 16-year-old victim, Christopher Allen told deputies that he and another boy were paddled by the coach after he found them in the hallway. After being paddled, the coach asked the victim if he had a problem. When the boy refused to answer, he said the coach struck him across the face, which was witnessed by other adults.           

Caddo Parish Schools confirm that Holmes was placed on administrative leave with pay on November 4th, pending an internal investigation.

"I just feel like this should not have happened. First, I would never expect a teacher to put his hands on me.They are their to protect us, and not hit us," said Christopher Allen.

Allen is now asking the school board to approve a hardship transfer after days of, what he describes as, harassing comments from fellow students.

"I don't feel comfortable at this school after what happened. I want to go to another school," said Allen.

Attorney Craig Smith is representing DeCarlos Holmes. His office released the following statement about their case.

"No battery was committed. Coach Holmes acted in self defense to the student's aggression. The student came at the coach aggressively, and the coach acted in self defense." 

 

 


 

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