A Mississippi high school girls basketball coach was hospitalized Thursday night after she was attacked by a parent, an assistant coach told WCBI-TV in Columbus, Miss.
Hamilton High coach Sue Verner was “knocked out cold,” according to assistant Steven Sims. She was taken to an area hospital and was reportedly conscious when transported. Verner was treated and released from the hospital Thursday night.
Sims told WCBI that Verner had enforced a rule that players must ride the team bus back to the school following away games. According to Sims, the parent contested the rule, leading to the altercation. Hamilton was playing at Amory, and the incident occurred during the first quarter of the boys game that followed the girls game. The game was canceled after the altercation.
According to a post on the Amory Police Department’s Facebook page, Heather L. Thompson, 36, was charged with felony simple assault on a public official in connection to Thursday’s incident after turning herself in. Thompson had her first court appearance Friday and bond was set at $20,000.
Witnesses say she is a parent of one of the players involved in the girls basketball program.