You know it’s spring time in Texas when the blue bonnets are in bloom and the parents of high school girls are suing school districts over cheerleading tryouts.
Football is serious business in the Lone Star State and so is cheerleading. Typically, if we hear of a naughty cheerleader incident, we usually assume it took place in Texas . . . and most times we’re right. The latest? HS girl Savannah Payne, 17, missed too many days of school and is given an in-school suspension, meaning she can’t try out for cheerleading her senior year. Horrors! Savannah’s mom, Lisa Halbert, now says she missed those days because of illness (no doctor’s notes) and has sued the Whitney Independent School District to stop the cheerleading tryouts early in April. Not surprisingly, others at the school are not happy with little Savannah and have threatened to damage her car.
School district sued over cheerleader tryouts [KXXV]
How does something like this happen? Upset with your team’s play? Maybe you punch a wall or a kid, kick a locker or something, but bite a kid on the nose? You’d think the CSI guys would be able to extract your DNA from the wound, but maybe I’ve been watching too much TV lately. Of course, the coach/cop denies it happened, but something like that would be hard to cover up, wouldn’t it?
A Lake Wales police officer and football coach has been charged with battery after he allegedly bit a player on the nose last fall. Burney Hayes is a police sergeant and junior varsity football coach at Lake Wales High School.
According to reports, Hayes bit the player because he was upset with the way his team was performing during a game in October. The boy, who was 15 years old at the time, told an investigator that he was scarred and embarrassed after the incident.
Hayes denied that he bit the boy, and said he didn’t do anything inappropriate. The Polk County State Attorney’s Office says several students have testified that they saw Hayes bite the alleged victim.
Lake Wales Football Coach Accused Of Biting Player [CF News 13]
It’s 8 o’clock in the morning on a school day. Do you know where your high school volleyball coach is? Not so fast Southlake Carroll Senior High School!
Wyvonne Walling, 45, is–or was–the girls volleyball coach at the Roanoke, Texas school until her arrest this week. According to police, officers were called to Fairplay Park following a report of a suspicious pick-up truck. When officers approached the vehicle, they found Walling performing a sex act on the aptly named Barry Luckie, also 45, the manager of the local Kroger store. (Not sure why that is relevant, but if the police took time to put it in their report, it must be significant or could help sausages sales at the store.) The happy couple each posted $1,000 bail and were released. The police report doesn’t say if the couple was able to complete the lewd act or not, but likely their arrest ruined the mood.
According to a school district spokesperson, despite her arrest Walling is still under contract. In addition to per coaching duties (and early morning servicing of grocery store managers) Walling is also the interim girl’s athletic director, head of the physical education department, assistant track coach and teaches also finds time to teach a TEEN leadership class. Surprisingly, she does NOT teach sex education, although that might change after this arrest. At right, Wyvonne Walling’s mug shot picture.
Southlake volleyball coach arrested on suspicion of public lewdness [Star Telegram]