Director of Schools Jessie Kinsey issued the following statement:
“July 28, 2016 On July 28, 2016, Mr. Jerry Wayne Brown, Jr. the basketball coach at Grundy County High School, left five students unattended following conclusion of basketball camp. While these students were unmonitored, one of them was injured. Even though Mr. Brown had told the parents that camp ended around noon and that he would not be providing supervision after that time, Grundy County Schools expects its teachers to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its students. Accordingly, Mr. Brown received a 2 day suspension. Subsequently, Mr. Brown chose to resign his employment with Grundy County Schools to pursue other opportunities. We wish Mr. Brown well as he relocates. The head basketball coach and teaching position will be posted until filled.”
Brown gave an exclusive statement to the Herald after resigning:
“I would like to thank Mr Trussler and Mr Ruehling for giving me the opportunity to be a teacher and Head Boys Basketball Coach at Grundy County High School. Also, I would like to thank the faculty and staff at Grundy County for all their assistance and help.
I want my players to know that I love them and if they ever need me I am there for them.
I am looking forward to following the success and growth of my players.
I want to wish Grundy County High School nothing but the best.”