The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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February 11, 2014

School board unanimously fires coach

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — The Ashtabula Area City School Board on Monday unanimously fired a Lakeside High School coach in response to a bullying incident.

Varsity wrestling coach Jerry Brady was accused of allowing a 17-year-old wrestler to assault a 16-year-old student outside of Lakeside Junior High School on Jan. 21. The altercation was captured on the school’s security tape.

Brady was placed on paid administrative leave immediately following the assault.

According to the sheriff’s department report, the older boy tried to grab the younger boy’s gym bag and the 16-year-old punched him. The 17-year-old then attacked the younger boy, beating him in the face and head several times. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

School Board President Steve Candela said the board has had this information for awhile and they have reviewed the facts. He said he really couldn’t say much more than that because it dealt with personnel matters.

“We hope to come out of this in a positive way,” Candela said.

Superintendent Patrick Colucci investigated the incident, which included talking with the school’s resource officer, Deputy Scott Slocum, and reviewing the school’s security tape.

Afterwards, Colucci removed the 17-year-old from the school and recommended terminating Brady.

Ashtabula resident Jim Carlson, who spoke during the public comment portion of Monday’s meeting, said, “We need to get the ‘ghetto school’ reputation out of here.”

Carlson also said he was glad it wasn’t his child that took that beating in front of that coach.

“It was a vicious beating,” he said. “Get rid of this person.”

Chris Eisengart of Ashtabula agreed.

“I’m tired of having to stick up for Lakeside time and time again,” she said.

Laurence Haines of Ashtabula said it seemed to him that Brady was being treated like he was “guilty until proven innocent.”

Brady did not attend Monday’s meeting but his father, Jim Brady Sr., who is a regular at all of the meetings, was there. He did not speak at the podium.

Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nick Iarocci has charged Jerry Brady with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The 17-year-old has been charged with assault and attempted robbery, prosecutors said.

Jerry Brady will be replaced by his brother, assistant wrestling coach, Jim Brady, until the end of the season, Colucci said.

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