State code requires that school personnel report any incidents to administration immediately. Any willful neglect of those duties allows the school board to dismiss "any person in its employment at any time."
"Mr. Gibson's actions cannot be defined as proactive in any matter because he only acted following the second incident where my son was attacked . . . ," the complaint states. "My son, the victim, was not protected by the coach's lack of action in reporting the incident and by his neglect in responding to the situation which led to retaliation and the hospitalization of my child."
In the complaint, the Wilkinsons claim Gibson "displayed no respect or understanding throughout these issues. Instead, he exhibited indifference and a lack of caring by complete dismissal of a hazing/bullying incident committed against a child.
"In no way is [the school] a safe, fear-free environment due to the school's failure to provide a safe environment after an investigation alleging bullying had begun. Our son is still in a fear-filled environment," the complaint states. "He attends classes and other events where students that were involved in this hazing incident (and have received no or little reprimand that we can tell) are in attendance.
"He is unable to rejoin the basketball team because he fears entering the locker room with the lack of supervision that has occurred in the past," the complaint states.
Gibson and Clay County High School Principal Melinda Isaacs did not respond to requests for comment.
Tanner said many of the allegations made by the Wilkinsons are false, including that Gibson told the student not to tell his parents about the initial hazing incident.
"He told the kids, 'Don't go home and tell your parents one thing and tell me something else,' because he was trying to get the whole story. He did everything he could," Tanner said. "The coach has worked for us for quite a few years and has always taken great care of the kids. I give him credit.
"We do not allow hazing in any way, shape or form," he said. "We are pretty strict and have very few disciplinary problems at the high school."
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