Charges dismissed against coach accused of assaulting woman at kindergarten graduation

This story has been updated to show that charges against Nichole Cohen have been dismissed.

SPARTANBURG CO., SC (WSPA) – Charges against a girls basketball coach Nichole Cohen have been dismissed, according to court documents.

Cohen was accused of assault after Spartanburg County deputies say she squeezed someone’s buttocks at a kindergarten graduation.

She was the second staff member arrested in a week at High Point Academy.

Last Friday the robotics teacher Jerry Blaxton was arrested on child pornography charges. That’s the same school whose founding superintendent resigned amid a money mismanagement scandal last year.

New Superintendent Christy Junkins’ first official day is Saturday.

“I came in at a hard time last year,” Junkins says.

Junkins has been the interim superintendent ever since last year’s investigation found the school’s co-founder misappropriated funds.

“I was speechless. And I don’t want our reputation as a school to be known as that because we’re so much more,” Junkins says.

Parent Amy Greene, who pulled her two kids out of High Point at the end of this school year, has already lost faith.

“That is disturbing that this is the second teacher that has been arrested, and it just justifies us taking our kids out,” Greene says.

Greene says she also has concerns about bullying and the school’s leadership.

“I don’t trust my kids there with any of them,” says Greene

High Point says they do background checks every year on every staff member.

Both staff members had been working there since the school opened three years ago. High Point said the criminal background check on them each year turned up no criminal history.

High Point is working towards preventing incidents like this in the future.

“I think we are probably going to implement more professional development,” says Junkins, “Typically we do it at the beginning of the year. But we see the need to do it each time we have our monthly faculty meetings.”

 

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