Jade Dickens: Toughest Middle-School Girls' Gym Coach Ever?

Categories: Courts, Education

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Seventh grade is tough, suit says.
You thought your gym teachers were tough?

If the allegations in a federal-court lawsuit are true, Jade Dickens just might have yours beat.

A mother has sued Dickens and the Gatesville school district, saying Dickens forced her seventh-grade daughter to carry a 280-pound student the length of a football field because she refused to go out for the track team.

The suit, filed under a pseudonym, claims the girl suffered two herniated discs as a result. The suit seeks unspecified financial damages.

It says the girl could not play track because it conflicted with "religious activities in which [she] was more interested."

Dickens, the suit says, told girls who didn't try out for track their decision "indicated a lack of 'commitment' or plain laziness." They were targeted, the suit says, for "marine" drills.

That included the carrying exercise.

The girl "begged Coach Dickens not to require this," the suit says.

The girl only got 75 yards before collapsing, the suit says, and "Coach Dickens was screaming at [her] continuously during the drill, telling her to go faster."

She then had the girl get on her hands and knees and the larger girl mounted her shoulders. When she was told to get up with the girl on her back, the suit says, she heard a "pop" in her back.

Neither the district nor Dickens has yet responded to the suit.


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Concerned Mom
Concerned Mom

Who is this attorney? I might need to retain the attorney because of all the bs in my school district!!!!

B Zervigon
B Zervigon

Beverly Zervigon  I don't understand why he has not been fired and/or arrested.  Where does Children's Social Services fit in this equation.  Also it's hard to believe that his actions weren't  meant to belittle the 280 pound girl as well.  I call that bullying also. Is this a criminal act against the child that was hurt so badly and if so why isn't he in jail and if he's still in the school what parent would let him near their child?  I know if that happened to me in school my father would have taken care of that couch in ten minutes flat.  I am praying for the injured child and the 280 pound child and the parents of both.  Now I read this was a female couch?  It sounds like sadism to me.  No one in the administration stepped in and intervened?  What have we come to when schools employees deliberately hurt our children and, at the least, don't even try to protect them.  Has the coach even apologized?  Has the school administrator apologized?

Lucygoose015
Lucygoose015

First of all, I was there, the girl injured never lifted anyone. The "280" pound girl NEVER has weighed that much, and doesn't now either. This woman is an amazing woman, there have been apologies made. This was not intentional nor ignored.

B Zervigon
B Zervigon

 Beverly Zervigon  If nothing happened and nothing was intentional then why were apologies necessary and apologies made?  And why did the injured girl require major back surgery?  I'm not being sarcastic; I think these are reasonable questions.  And how much does the "280" pound girl weigh and how do we know how much she weighs?

Shelby9158
Shelby9158

For the drill you got partners that you weighed about the same...

They were partners because they had the closest weights to each other.And the girl got injured because she didn't do the drill right in the first place, and didn't follow proper instructions, you lift with your back when you are supposed to be lifting with your legs and see how well it turns out. 

Samanthafretwell46
Samanthafretwell46

Ummm. That is my coach and that is nothing like her and I've been with her for 6 years! She has always cared about our heal, any one of my teammates will tell you that.

Samanthafretwell46
Samanthafretwell46

Health*

B Zervigon
B Zervigon

 Beverly Zervigon  Does that mean you watched that event or does it mean it was done in such a way that neither you nor your teammates could see it.  Are you suggesting that it didn't happen and she didn't require extended medical care?

Mezeus
Mezeus

I really find it hard to believe that a 7th grade girl would weigh 280 LBS. But supposing she did exist. Do you suppose the coach tried to make her join the track team? Filming her running the 100 rard dash would be a 10 million hit on Utube.

Stusnow1
Stusnow1

 Coach "Chokesoncocks" needs to see the inside of a prison for awhile. This will cost the school district millions of bucks.

Rgwalt
Rgwalt

The abuse is scary... but so is the thought of a 280 lb 7th grade girl.  Yikes!

Hillgrands009
Hillgrands009

Agree. The injued student required major back surgery,.endured unbelievable pain, and two years later still can only attend school part of the day. Please pray for her, her childhood ended when she was 12 because of this stupidity and negligance.

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