MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The head baseball coach at Brindlee Mountain High School resigned last week after accusations of sending text messages to a student.
Nick Garner, who also taught history and was an assistant coach for the football team, turned in a letter of resignation to the Superintendent Tim Nabors shortly after school officials investigated the texts.
“We just got a report that he had been texting, and then it just kind of filtered in that it was a student involved. We just told him that we weren’t going to put up with that, and he resigned,” Superintendent Nabors said.
Nabors said the Marshall County School system has very strict policy banning the use of cell phones during school. Teachers and students can have them in their bags, but cannot text or use the phone without the principal’s permission.
“We understand things happen, you have sick children, sick parents and then if they need to possibly get a call that day or call someone, they can talk to the principal. It’s no problem, we have a very strict rule about texting and students,” Nabors said.
The superintendent said he was a little surprised to receive the letter of resignation, which the Marshall County Board of Education plans to accept and approve at their next meeting.
School officials investigated Garner’s phone and the student’s phone, but Nabors said they did not find any inappropriate messages. He did not specify the student’s age or grade.
“If there is what we feel like is a desperate need then we’ll pursue it further,” he said, but he said their investigation did not find anything that needed to be reported to law enforcement.
“Anything like that we turn into the state department and then if there’s anything further investigation that goes on, they’ll do that,” Nabors said.
Garner is in his early 20s, and in his staff bioraphy on the Brindlee Mountain High School website, he wrote this was his second year at the school. The school removed the page.