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Lincoln High School Under New Leadership

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

An incident from a decade ago has resurfaced at Lincoln High School and because of it, the school's principal has requested a reassignment and an assistant coach is out of a job.

The assistant coach, Christopher Flowers, was forced to resign after an investigation found he gave personal letters to a player ten years ago. This is the second softball coach to resign from Lincoln, leaving the Trojans without a softball staff.

The future of the Lincoln girls softball team is up in the air. With less than a week before school starts, the Leon County School Board found that the two coaches, Flowers and head coach Frank Johnson, accrued a long list of inappropriate actions towards girls on their team over the years. And school officials say they have set much higher standards.

Jackie Pons, Leon County Schools Superintendent said, "When an individual does not come up to those kind of standards, there's certain types of behavior we're not going to tolerate and this behavior was at that level."

The latest twist in this story comes from a 28 year old woman who brought forward more than one personal letter that she received from Coach Flowers ten years ago. The woman said she approached Lincoln's principal, Martha Bunch, at the time she received the letters, but nothing was done.

Bunch, who says she does not recall meeting the student, has since requested reassignment. Superintendent Pons says her reassignment to the district office in no way reflects her exemplary record handling issues.

"She's been pretty consistent and over the years has done an outstanding job handling those. So certainly when a situation doesn't rise to that level, she'd be the first to tell you." said Pons.

To ease the transition at Lincoln, Pons has appointed Merry Ortega to take over as interim Principal. Ortega said, "And I want to reassure the kids that, especially the older ones. The Juniors and the Seniors and the leaders that next year is going to be a great year."

Ortega says she and her staff will immediately begin searching for replacement softball coaches and there will be a rigorous hiring process.


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