Players in Springer walk out on Coach

SPRINGER -- Students and parents at Springer High School are frustrated with school administrators, and the how slow they are to respond to complaints that bullying is occurring at their school.

A group of students who were all members of the Girls Basketball team until a few nights ago, sat down with our own Daniel Armbruster to express their displeasure.

They say that the head coach of the girls basketball team, Robert Bradley, along with one of his players have bullied them over the course of the last 2 years.

A sign above the front door at Springer Schools reads "Welcome to our school. Where no child is left behind." But, if you ask some students and parents, they might disagree.

"He belittles them...he cusses at them," said Jamie Frasier, a concerned parent.

She and others say Coach Bradley treats most of his team poorly. In fact at half-time of their game on Thursday, nearly half of his players got up and walked out.

"We don't just walk away for nothing there has to be something wrong," said Chelsea Whitfield, one of the players who walked out.

The concerned students and parents say they disagree with the way that Coach Bradley and Principal Brenda Foster have allowed several bullying situations between one teammate and the rest of the team to go unnoticed.

"They'll pacify you for a week or two and then it goes back to square one repeatedly over and over," said Frasier.

"In a way I think the coach aggrees the other player because he won't do anything about it and won't say anything to her," said Ashley McDaniel, one of the players.

One of the girls says she quit last year because of the same reason, and has even sought counseling.

"I couldn't go on with the abuse they had done with me, with the things they had said to me and get by with it," said Sara Frasier, one of the players

The girls say they love basketball, but will not rejoin the team.

"The reason I walked out is to show coach that he can't just let it go, that something has to be done, and I dont think it's right that we've had to put up with it for two years. It's not just Thursday night or the whole season, it's been two years," said Ashlie Frasier, one of the players.

Principal Foster did tell First News that there is an active investigation into the complaints regarding Coach Bradley.

All of the parents and students seen in this story plan to meet with the school administrators on Monday in an effort to bring an end to this situation.

First News made numerous attempts to contact Coach Bradley about this matter today, but as of the time of the broadcast, he had not yet returned our phone calls.


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  • by bbFan on Feb 27, 2009 at 12:59 PM
    I have been around coaching for a long time. It is never Ok to personally attack a kid. When you play HS sports it is understood you are playing for a team, not yourself. Your coach is there to provide you with the tools and motivation to be the best you can be. Coaches yell, sometimes they curse, sometimes they get really quite (thats when to really worry). It all depends on the child and how they can be motivated; you as a parent have to watch out for your own child and if needed have a conversation with the coach. No child should be subjected to abuse and coach McKnight does not abuse his boys. If he did they would not take it, but they respect him and played a great season for him. Coaches are not perfect they are human like the rest of us, but at their best and worst they have a gym full of people staring at them. So everyone take a deep breath and look forward to another season of basketball next year!
  • by hookshot23 Location: oklahoma on Feb 27, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    you people dont realize that basketball is more than a sport to these kids. its a life. so many hours spent in the gym learning and running. this is a mans game. and it takes more of a man to coach. ive never met a better coach and a better role model than coach McKnight. hes got so much passion for the game. GET OFF HIS BACK!!!! CADDOPLAYER! knows excatly what it taks to be a "great" team. they have a perfect season. rock creek had the best record they've had in several years. all due to McKnight. finally R.C. got a coach with some since unlike the one we had last year.
  • by parent Location: what difference on Feb 22, 2009 at 07:31 AM
    I have watched McKnight coach for 4 years now at two different schools and all I can say is outside of the sport he is a great individual, but in the gym he is awful..I saw him numerous times at Achille grab a kid by the jersey, yell in their face, be in their face, teeth clenched going across the court at half time chewing on the kid and yes cussing kids and being rude to fans. I fault the administration for not taking care of this because (and I am sure most of you will agree) that if a teacher in a classroom done any one of those things to a kid to "motivate" them it would have not been allowed. I think a coach is equal to a teacher so it should not be allowed. I think McKnight takes it way too far, I mean it is just HS bball! I would like to add also I have missed very few games in the last 4 years!
  • by Parent564 Location: Bryan County on Feb 20, 2009 at 03:29 PM
    I believe that no one should be yelling at our children this way! It is not fair for an adult man to make our daughters feel like nothing. Many of the coaches in this area have been wrong, and they need to watch themselves or they might be out of a job. I don't see why you can't just use words that don't cut so deep, while you are yelling in their face.... I don't think coaches should be grabbing, over-yelling, cussing, and other things. It's not fair to the child. I don't know if Johnson, McKnight, or the Springer coach are truly the worst, but they do go a little over the edge..
  • by CADDOPLAYER! =) Location: Bryan County on Feb 20, 2009 at 09:24 AM
    I totally DISAGREE with what everyone of yall are saying! (EXCEPT PLAYER 22) Coach Johnson does not EMOTIONALLY ABUSE us.. Never once has he got in our face or slapped our bottoms! The Coach Johnson u see out on the court is the Coach that wants to win a game.. He has been the best coach i have ever had! I have enjoyed playing for him these years he has been here! He actually does care about us! Never once has any of us girls felt EMOTIONALLY ABUSED by him! He is AMAZZZIIINNNGGGG!!! So everyone of yall need to get a freakin life and deal with the way these great coaches coach! Player22 i agree with you! I have been to every home game of yours and coach mcknight has never once LAID A HAND on any of you! Keep up the good work! =)
  • by Bryan County BBall Fan Location: Bryan County on Feb 19, 2009 at 07:15 AM
    Caddo's coach isn't overlooked. Some of us see it. It is some of the administration and some of the board members who don't see it or just don't care.
  • by Mindy Location: Bryan County on Feb 17, 2009 at 11:26 AM
    Who is Jay and why is he coming back to Silo?
  • by Shooter Location: Springer on Feb 16, 2009 at 03:37 PM
    Well the girls played there last game,they lost and did it without the divas. Fans were showing how they supported them even without the divas. Matter of fact one fan was so overwhelmed that she shooted,yelled and even booed the players, the players which her niece walked off from . The divas aunt was such a disgrace to the community and to herself. Now you know why these students act and carry on like they do, what a role model. Someone should have called the Sheriff, Ha. Well she made an a--of herself.
  • by mom Location: ringling on Feb 16, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    maybe some of you should take a look at ringling school system if you think you have it soooo bad! if your name isnt GANDY your nothing!! ringling school has teachers that sleep with their students,buy alcohol for them, hide them when its time for a drug test, and now they even let their students spend the night!!! but does anybody do anything??? NOPE!!! the parents are even letting their GROWN son live with one of the teachers and her LITTLE girl!!!! and this teacher even buys alcohol and cigs for her kids and the other students!!!! and the whole town knows about it and nobody does anything!!! their basketball COACH walked away because it is that bad in this town, and the drugs in this school are terrible and the cops WONT even do anything!!! so i know you might think you have it bad and i agree your coach is wrong but just be glad you dont have it this bad!!!! somebody help us!!!!!!!!!
  • by future coach Location: Dodd City on Feb 16, 2009 at 11:16 AM
    these girls that be walkout, should have the cornhole on them.cerious tho, the cornhole es the answer on them.coach is right, play or go.good coach......
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