Philadelphia Middle School,
Told To Stop Making Boys Fight
Principal says no more boxing matches at
By Hugh G. Willett, knoxnews.com
A Loudon County baseball coach will not be disciplined
for encouraging players to don boxing gloves and duke it out during
"This was a one-time incident," said Kevin Gentry, a first-year
principal at Philadelphia Middle School.
After complaints from parents, Gentry said, he asked the school's
baseball coach, Brian Curtis, to stop the boxing matches.
After speaking with Curtis, Gentry said he is confident the issue is
"He understands it will not happen again," the principal said.
Gentry said he first learned of the boxing matches - which were
reportedly staged to make the players more aggressive - on Monday, and
that he has contacted all the parents who complained to let them know
that he would put an end to the practice.
The parents who expressed concern are satisfied with the situation,
He said he had received three calls from parents protesting the boxing
matches and at least four calls in support of the activity.
The bouts, which were conducted without protective equipment other than
boxing gloves, occurred during a single practice session and were
"totally voluntary," Gentry said.
"All the boys participated willingly, and some were even waiting to get
a turn but did not get the chance to participate," he said.