Mom Knocks Out Basketball Coach after School Bus Dispute

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Amory, MS

A Mississippi woman now faces felony assault charges after punching and knocking unconscious her daughter’s basketball coach during an argument after an away game.

Hamilton High School girls’ basketball coach Sue Verner and 36-year-old Heather Thompson, a mother of one of the girls on Verner’s team, got into a heated argument just after their away game ended at the Amory High School gym.

Coach Verner attempted to enforce a rule that players must ride home to their own school on the team bus but Thompson disagreed with the rule and wanted her daughter to ride home with her.

Witnesses say that during the argument, Thompson suddenly struck Coach Verner. As WVBI TV reported, the coach was “knocked out cold” from the blow.

Verner was taken to the hospital but was released after being treated for a fracture under her left eye, a gash above her right eye, and other bumps and bruises.

The assault caused a cancellation of the boys’ game scheduled to follow the girls’ game as police cleared the building to investigate the attack.

Thompson later turned herself in to Amory police where she was charged with assault. Afterward she was transferred to Monroe County Adult Detention Center in Aberdeen. Judge Robert Fowlke set bond at $20,000.

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