Gilmer Athletic Director Charged with Battery Of Student Athlete


Police in Gilmer County have charged the athletic director of Gilmer County High School with battery, related to an incident last weekend at the Gilmer-Braxton ballgame in Glenville.

Director Shawn Leo Cole has been charged by the Glenville Chief of Police Brenton Huffman, after the juvenile boy’s mother filed a complaint related to an incident in the school gymnasium.

The complaint, based upon reviewing video footage and photographs, indicates that Cole picked up the player off the floor by his neck and carried him off the gym floor, after he was shooting a basketball.

“Mr. Cole grabbed the ball… and grabbed (subject) with his left arm around the chest…and placed his right arm around area of his neck and picked him up off the floor and carried him off the gym floor and put him down,” says the complaint.

The player was reportedly a middle school student.

The juvenile player’s mother sent photos of her son with what the complaint says showed “red marks on both sides of his neck.”

The juvenile’s mother said she received a text message from Mr. Cole following the incident saying “He was sorry for what happened between him and her son and never meant to hurt him or embarrass him.”

The case will be heard by Gilmer County Magistrate Court.


One comment

  1. Why was it left up to the parents to file charges?

    School administrators were there to see what happened.

    It should have been their responsibility to have done something immediately without parents having to do it.

    Does this latest news demonstrate need for administrative changes at the GCHS? Authorities should investigate.

    The child’s parents are applauded for being role models to see to it that all our children will be treated with respect and proper care in the future.

    Comment by Applaud For The Parents on 01.24.2017

    There is an emerging wave of parents, teachers, and staff standing up more openly for our children and they have community backing.

    It always takes a courageous few to get the ball rolling.

    Let us hope that ranks of those who will take open stands for our children will swell.

    We know that the newly structured and empowered school board will take the right path.

    Oppressors of democracy have always counted on good citizens remaining silent and united Gilmer County has news for them this time!!!!

    Comment by Gilmer Unleashed on 01.25.2017

    This is pretty much the norm in Gilmer County. Always pushing to make the individual/victim pursue and pay for justice. We have a problem here.

    Comment by Gilmer is Broke on 01.25.2017

    Obviously Gilmer County has problems that are not to be traced to the state takeover.

    Administrative issues will continue until dealt with.

    Seems the building principal and Superintendent Devano should have been the ones taking this action to conclusion?

    Comment by Willie on 01.25.2017

    For years the high school sports program has continued to go rogue and done things that were illegal without consequences. They are not counselors nor parents and need to stay out of people’s personal lives as well. This is a clear example that our sports program needs to be disciplined and severely reprimanded with severe consequences.

    Comment by Reaser8732 on 01.25.2017

    We know how this works.
    Its all about the ‘who’ you are.
    Some get quietly slid out of town. Covered.
    If you are not in the elite click you get nailed.
    Or if its an elite involved, also nailed.
    That’s Gilmer.
    That’s how it is.

    Comment by G.C. on 01.26.2017

    The sports program is not the only “going rogue” example in our schools.

    Check out what happened in a GCHS classroom when a teacher stepped out in early January.

    The incident is too gross to be discussed on the GFP and it is causing intense anger throughout the County.

    If I had a choice and the money I would jerk my children out of the school.

    People are anxious to learn what the school board does about the inexcusable incident, assuming that the details were not covered up.

    Comment by Member Of Outraged GCHS Parents on 01.27.2017

    Yeah, we Know how it works, but I for one, am sick of it!! ENOUGH of the hiding of wrongdoing in Gilmer County!!

    Comment by Gilmer Law is a Joke on 01.27.2017

    A few Teachers seem to feel all they have to do is hand the kids the keys to the classroom while they stay in the halls or in the Administrators office for a social hour.
    Every ugly situation we know of involving poor student behavior over the past six years has happened when students were not under the direct care of the adults who were supposed to be in charge.
    Stay in the classroom and properly supervise these children.
    This is where employee self regulation fails every time. Just observe the actions of our state appointed superintendent when you can find him.

    Comment by F.O.W. on 01.29.2017

    What is the official policy requiring adult supervision at all times at the GCHS?

    How about teachers and others in the know helping us out with information?

    Assuming that policy exists is it selectively enforced or not at all?

    What is the penalty for violation of the policy and if it is not enforced who is at fault on up the line and what are the consequences if any?

    The public deserves honest answers right now and it is better to get everything out in the open to stop the festering.

    Comment by Who Is In Charge Over GCHS on 01.29.2017

    (a) The teacher shall stand in the place of the parent(s), guardian(s) or custodian(s) in exercising authority over the school and has control of all students enrolled in the school from the time they reach the school until they have returned to their respective homes, except that where transportation of students is provided, the driver in charge of the school bus or other mode of transportation shall exercise such authority and control over the students while they are in transit to and from the school.

    Comment by Most Do It Well on 01.30.2017

    Does the second Gilmer High incident relate in any way to WV School Policy 4373, Chapter 4, Section 1?

    If nothing happened Gilmer County should be informed of it by a highly trusted person to stop the building anger.

    Truth always gets out and sooner always works better than later.

    Comment by Keep Diggin on 01.30.2017

    Is there an update on this issue?

    Comment by Be fair on 02.04.2017

    People in Gilmer County question who will evaluate Devono’s performance now.

    Isn’t his contract held by the WVBE?

    Will the new WVBE members appointed by Governor Justice conduct a fresh review of Devono’s performance?

    The former WVBE people hired Devono, they evaluated him, they renewed his contract, and it is believed that they rewarded him with pay raises. Right?

    The old WVBE guard is gone and the replacements are in charge. WV is pleased that help on the way finally arrived. Thank you Governor.

    Comment by Help On The Way Arrived on 02.04.2017

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