A Jacksonville, Florida, school teacher is facing charges for hitting another mother who was present at a youth baseball practice when the teacher allegedly took offense to the other woman’s choice of clothing.
On February 23 at the Orange Park Athletic Association baseball field around 7:00 p.m. parents and spectators gathered to watch children during a little league practice session. Terry Lee Coursey, a 37-year-old mother and language arts teacher employed at Clay High School, was amongst those in attendance.
Coursey, who is from Mesquite, Texas, but now resides in Orange Park, Florida, reportedly noticed another mother and took issue with the woman’s attire, and chastised her for wearing shorts that exposed more than what she felt was appropriate for the event.
The altercation allegedly intensified and Coursey was said to have gotten physically aggressive with the victim. The woman asserted that Coursey began punching her in the face before outright tackling her.
The report by the deputy who took the victim’s statement after the incident reflected that the woman had a visible laceration on her right wrist in addition to bruises on her arms and chest.
Coursey was arrested and she is facing a first-degree misdemeanor charge of simple battery. Coursey gave an official statement to officers the day after the episode but the details of the conversation have since been removed from the arrest report.
Coursey has pleaded not guilty to the charges and she is awaiting an arraignment on March 12.
Though her listing as a teacher on the Clay High School website is still online it was reported by the school district that Coursey was suspended after her arrest.
If you or someone you love is suspected of battery, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.