Archive for Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Family asks School Board to lift activities ban on resident accused of striking coach

Family claims innocence in altercation with BLHS coach

December 11, 2002

The father of a Basehor man accused of striking a school football coach told the Basehor-Linwood School Board Monday, Dec. 9, his son is innocent.

Don Call, father of Terry Call, also asked the School Board to waive a stipulation that bans his son from attending BLHS activities.

"My son is being treated unfair," Call said. "He should at least be able to see his son's music programs and his oldest son graduate."

Basehor resident Terry Call and his father-in-law Donald Adams are charged in Basehor Municipal Court with assaulting a school official and disorderly conduct.

The two men pleaded not guilty in November and are scheduled for trial Jan. 14.

The charges stem from an altercation between the two men and coach Travis Scwartz following a BLHS freshmen football game Sept. 30.

Call, 43, is the father of a Bobcat football player and Adams, 67, is the player's grandfather.

Call and Adams claim Scwartz shook the player during the game, and when the men questioned the coach about it after the game, the altercation began.

Don Call told the School Board the coach was at fault and three witnesses will back that story at trial.

"I have three witnesses that saw the severe shaking and the hit on my grandson toward the end of the game by coach Travis Scwartz," Call said, citing that the witnesses would not be revealed until trial.

"All three witnesses told me that my grandson was picked up by the shoulder pads and was shook like a rag doll. Then when the coach let him down, he was hit so hard that it snapped a strap in his shoulder pads."

An investigation by the Basehor Police Department exonerated Scwartz from any charges. Except for a three-day "cooling off period," BLHS administrators placed no sanctions on Scwartz, a first-year coach.

The School Board had no reply to Call's statement.

"The board is satisfied with the information that has been provided based on the investigation that was conducted," Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent Cal Cormack said.

"They are satisfied with the information and now the matter is going to court."

BLHS principal Bill Hatfield said Call and Adams will not be allowed on school grounds this year.

If the two are acquitted at trial next month, they would still have to make their case to board members for reinstatement, Hatfield said.

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