Marion County High School Head Coach Resigns As Vandalism Controversy Divides Community

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 11/20/2013 6:47 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-It's a tale of two towns, two schools and a county divided.

Marion County Sheriff Ronnie Burnett confirmed that four members of the Marion County high school football coaching staff are under investigation for vandalism of school property.

"Split the county up, I think that a lot of people forget that we have two victims, we got two schools with a bunch of students that have been accused of this and that, we have grown adults that made some bad decisions, they just made bad decisions"

Head Coach Mac McCurry is being investigated and resigned.
He currently does not face charges.

Superintendent Dr Mark Griffith,"He just felt it was in the best interests of the program to separate himself from the situation I think"

     Assistants Joe Gudger and Michael Schmitt are on paid leave... facing charges of vandalism between 1 and 10,000 dollars.
     Gudger also faces charges relating to alcohol on school property and was unavailable for comment at his family home Wednesday.

 Students here at Marion County High School they are in complete shock regarding the decisions and the resignation and hope their community can move on.

Marion County Former Wide Receiver, Josh Campbell,"its always been a healthy rivalry. It never got out of hand like this right here, so I know this now, like I said, its just a slap in the face"

Detectives say text messages have proven a link between both assistants and Tim Starkey a former athletic trainer.
Starkey has now also been relieved of his duties with the team.

"Got lot of friends here, got lot of friends there, it's a football game, when the game is over with we need to all live in the same community and be friends"

The superintendent confirmed the game against Trousdale High will go ahead as scheduled this Friday.

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