First on 12: GHSA says Hancock Central faces penalties after post-game brawl

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

SPARTA, Ga. -- A representative with the Georgia High School Association tells News 12 that one or more sanctions, or penalties, have been filed against Hancock Central High School.

Ralph Swearngin with GHSA could not specify what those penalties are until Hancock Central High School finishes its appeal process.

Hancock Central High School Principal Willie Gibson acknowledged the sanction or sanctions to News 12 over the phone Tuesday afternoon. He tells us he and the school are currently appealing the GHSA's findings.

Swearngin with GHSA says once that appeal process finishes, the findings and proceedings will all become public information. He says that could happen as early as this Friday.

The GHSA investigation comes after a post-game football brawl last October between Warren County High School and Hancock Central. In that fight, Warren County Coach David Daniel suffered severe facial injuries that still pain him to this day.

In January, a Hancock County grand jury came back with no indictments from a massive Georgia Bureau of Investigation report.

Warren County Schools Superintendent Carole Jean Carey says she appreciates the GHSA's thorough investigation and that she hopes possible sanctions will address the issues to help both schools move forward.


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