Braggs basketball coach resigns

Winters

A Braggs basketball coach implicated in cyber bullying resigned his position Thursday from the school.

Trent Winters, boys basketball coach at Braggs Public Schools, resigned Thursday, he said. Winters declined to comment further.

Braggs Superintendent Mike Broyles confirmed Winters' resignation. Winters was suspended from employment Jan. 11, Broyles said.

Winters came under fire by students after it was revealed that he and the boy’s basketball team were making caustic statements about other students through a Facebook Messenger group.

“We just started joking on it,” Anthony Bonilla, a basketball player, said during Wednesday’s school board meeting. “Stuff was said that shouldn’t have been said.”

Bonilla said the group started as a way for the team to communicate. After another Braggs student found the group and revealed it Jan. 7 to her friends, they approached the administration with a complaint.

Winters was cited Wednesday evening for unseemly conduct after he allegedly participated in bullying with his students, said Braggs Police Chief Ted Johnson.

After Winters' suspension, he addressed the school board Wednesday afternoon at their regular meeting. The subject of his employment was not on the agenda.

“I’m sorry...I made a mistake, and I have to be man enough to admit it,” Winters said during the school board meeting.

Several students also spoke during the meeting, two of whom spoke against Winters. One spoke in support of him.

At least two students who were the subject some of the messages in the group have since transferred schools, Jewelyn Waddell said Wednesday evening. Waddell, one of the students in question, said she no longer felt safe at the school.

Reach Harrison Grimwood at (918) 684-2926 or harrison.grimwood@muskogeephoenix.com.

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