Personnel file released for baseball coach accused of harassment

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HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — New details have been revealed in the resignation of a West Tennessee baseball coach. We now know what he allegedly said in a text message that prompted him to leave his team. A search of his personnel file Friday also shows this isn’t the first time his conduct has been called into question. Scotts Hill High School baseball coach Shane Britt turned in his letter of resignation Monday, but although he’ll no longer be on the diamond he’ll still be in the classroom, and that’s bringing strong arguments about his future on both sides. “When anything like that happens it’s bad,” Earl Dyer said. “I mean it just don’t happen, especially in a small town.” Inside Britt’s personnel file was a detailed letter accusing him of sending a text message to a Scotts Hill student about a former player while they were all at a recent football game. The message reads “Tell Spencer he couldn’t make that team either,” referring to their local world series team. The letter states Britt cut Spencer from his team last year. “Well, if he’s harassing them he doesn’t need to be there,” Debbie Moody said. “I guess it’s a good thing he resigned because he would have probably got fired anyway.” But Britt hasn’t been fired. Officials said he’s still teaching at the Henderson County Alternative School. Friday, many Scotts Hill residents, including Britt’s family, voiced their support for him, saying this is just one family trying to ruin a man’s career and that Britt helped turn the baseball program around. A closer look at Britt’s personnel file shows other instances of questionable interactions with students and players. In April and May of 2014, Britt was written up twice by the superintendent regarding his temper and language toward players. He was later suspended from coaching for a month. Also in October and January of 2012 he was given verbal warnings about keeping his hands off of students by the South Haven Elementary School principal.

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Personnel file released for baseball coach accused of harassment

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — New details have been revealed in the resignation of a West Tennessee baseball coach. We now know what he allegedly said in a text message that prompted him to leave his team. A search of his personnel file Friday also shows this isn’t the first time his conduct has been called into question. Scotts Hill High School baseball coach Shane Britt turned in his letter of resignation Monday, but although he’ll no longer be on the diamond he’ll still be in the classroom, and that’s bringing strong arguments about his future on both sides. “When anything like that happens it’s bad,” Earl Dyer said. “I mean it just don’t happen, especially in a small town.” Inside Britt’s personnel file was a detailed letter accusing him of sending a text message to a Scotts Hill student about a former player while they were all at a recent football game. The message reads “Tell Spencer he couldn’t make that team either,” referring to their local world series team. The letter states Britt cut Spencer from his team last year. “Well, if he’s harassing them he doesn’t need to be there,” Debbie Moody said. “I guess it’s a good thing he resigned because he would have probably got fired anyway.” But Britt hasn’t been fired. Officials said he’s still teaching at the Henderson County Alternative School. Friday, many Scotts Hill residents, including Britt’s family, voiced their support for him, saying this is just one family trying to ruin a man’s career and that Britt helped turn the baseball program around. A closer look at Britt’s personnel file shows other instances of questionable interactions with students and players. In April and May of 2014, Britt was written up twice by the superintendent regarding his temper and language toward players. He was later suspended from coaching for a month. Also in October and January of 2012 he was given verbal warnings about keeping his hands off of students by the South Haven Elementary School principal.

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