A Denison teen whose parents sued the district for him back in April of 2016, has now added his own name to the suit. When Michael Wright filed the case alleging that sexually charged discussions and retaliation for complaints against coaching staff for those conversations, his son was still a minor. The suit also names DISD Superintendent Henry Scott; Chad Bollinger, coach of the DHS baseball team; Chad Rogers, athletic director at DHS; and David Kirkbride, assistant superintendent at DISD.
The suit seeks $150,000 in actual and punitive damages and a jury trial.
Denison ISD has said the allegations are not true.
Wright's son, Braeden M. Wright, was on the Denison High School baseball team when he says Coach Charles Bollinger made sexually charged remarks about his mother. The suit also contends that Bollinger asked Braeden to put Vaseline in his glove to enhance his performance and that when Braeden reported these things to Bollinger's superiors at the school, Braeden faced retaliation through the loss of his starting position on the baseball team.
In federal district Court Thursday, the attorney representing the school district in the case, Meredith Walker, appeared in person in the magistrate's courtroom in Sherman. Braeden Wright's attorney, Jason Bach, appeared via the telephone. They were there to take up a request Bach made back in June to get confidential student documents that are generally protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
In court, Judge Christine Nowak explained that those families whose student information Bach had sought had been notified that they could appear in court on Thursday to protest if they didn't want their information released to the plaintiff's in the case. Nowak then called for any such parent or student to come forward and be heard. No one stepped forward.
With that matter out of the way, Walker then told Nowak that the counsel on both sides of the case were considering requesting that Nowak hear the case rather than Federal District Judge Amos Mazzant. Doing so, Walker said, would allow them to slow the case down a bit and allow more time for discovery. Nowak said she was pleased to hear they were considering that step and she looked forward to hearing the case. She then asked if the counsel for both sides of the case had been thinking about a trial date and Walker said they were not committed to anything yet, but they were thinking May or June of 2018, which would mean their discovery deadline would likely be in December of 2017.
Nowak said as soon as she is advised the case is on her docket, the two sides can submit a preferred trial date and then they can work all of the other deadlines backward from that.
Nowak then concluded the hearing on the matter.