Frank Johnson AND Christopher Flowers--Lincoln High Coach Resign

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

The school's head coach, Frank Johnson resigned following an investigation into allegations of behavioral misconduct.

Flowers was included in the investigation and has since resigned.

The school board says he purchased cigarettes for an underage student and was responsible for lack of oversight and supervision of interactions between players and coaches on out-of-town trips.

They also say he inappropriately touched a student in his driver's ed class.

He will continue teaching as business education teacher.

WCTV has obtained Leon County School's personnel investigation report into the allegations against Flowers.

The report mentions behavior such as putting a player over his lap and giving birthday spankings, attempting to steal a road sign to give a player and more.

Johnson will no longer be head coach, but is currently still on staff as a teacher at Lincoln.

SUMMARY ALLEGATION:

It was alleged the employee, Mr. Christopher Flowers, Teacher and Assistant Softball Coach at Lincoln High School, conducted himself inappropriately on various occasions during the 2005-2008 time period. Complete details of allegations are contained in the attached Preliminary Personnel Investigation and Supplement.

FINDINGS:

1. Mr. Christopher Flowers was responsible for lack of oversight and supervision of interactions between softball players and coaches on out-of-town trips.

2.Mr. Christopher Flowers inappropriately touched a student in his driver education class by using two fingers to squeeze right above her knee in an assumed attempt to make her laugh.

3.Mr. Christopher Flowers purchased cigarettes for an underage student.

ACTIONS:
Principal Martha Bunch issued a Letter of Discipline to Mr. Flowers copies of which will be placed in both Mr. Flowers’ district and school based personnel file. Further, the results of the personnel investigation into the initiating allegations, including the Letter of Discipline, will be forwarded to the Department of Education’s Office of Professional Practices Services.

Principal Bunch has accepted Mr. Flowers’ resignation as Assistant Softball Coach at Lincoln High School.

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Wednesday July 16 Blaine Tolison Reports
Leon County Schools says it has completed a thorough investigation into behavioral misconduct allegations against Coach Frank Johnson. Gwendolyn Graham with the Leon County Department of Professional Conduct says the women's softball coach has resigned from his head coach position, but is currently still on staff as a driver's ed teacher at Lincoln High School.

The School Board says Johnson's allegations include putting a player over his lap and giving the player a birthday spanking, attempting to steal a road sign to give to a player, traveling at speeds considerably over the speed limit while transporting members of the softball team and more.

Graham says information from the school board's concluded investigation has been forwarded to the Florida Department of Educaton where the department will look further into the matter. From the Leon County Schools investigative report acquired by Eyewitness News, it says incidents involving Johnson date back to 2005.

The School Board says there is also another ongoing investigation into the assistant softball coach, Christopher Flowers, as well. We'll have more details here on Eyewitness News as this developes.


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  • by NMA Location: Tallahassee on Dec 29, 2008 at 10:21 AM
    I had both of these teachers and i was a teacher aide and everything for the. But as for Coach Johnson, he is the best coach, teacher and friend that any kid could have at lincoln and its a shame he will no longer be coaching softball. But thats lincoln's loss for making him resign like that. and they will be the ones who suffer from there softball team sucking so bad in the upcoming years. F***K Lincoln. Its gone down the drain the past few years. I'm lucky I got the hell out.
  • by Bill on Jul 18, 2008 at 09:12 AM
    It has become a story heard too often, teachers being inapropriate or having sex with students. Start locking these sex offenders up and charging them as sex offenders. Maybe that might slow it down some. If they crossed the line then I hope they never get the chance to teach again.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2008 at 08:07 AM
    as a lincoln alum... they were great but its not a surprise!
  • by Bob Location: Perry on Jul 17, 2008 at 05:07 PM
    Where there is smoke......
  • by student on Jul 17, 2008 at 04:31 PM
    they are the too best coaches i have ever had. they need to go back to coaching for lincoln or they probably will not have a team next year. its sad how someone will turn on someone that did so much for them.
  • by h Location: tallahassee on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:58 AM
    What do you expect from softball parents? They can be pretty anial, especially when they think their kid isnt getting what she deserves. (parents living their lives through their kids one again)
  • by me Location: tallahassee on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:55 AM
    (idiot) hasent posted on this story yet, but I am sure they will.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    Anonymous:exactly what was that comment suppose to accomplish? Nothing, exactly you're an idiot!
  • by cls2008 on Jul 17, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    I graduated in 2000 and both him and coach flowers always tried too hard for us kids to like them or think they were kool! But they never crossed the line and they were really nice and were actually great teachers and coaches. Sucks if they were inappropriate and I hope they learned their lesson
  • by J Location: MS on Jul 17, 2008 at 06:30 AM
    Bout time those two get investigated!!!
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