Students Support Local Coach Who's On Paid Leave

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BRUCEVILLE-EDDY (February 2, 2014) Bruceville-Eddy High School boys’ basketball coach Cody Slaughter remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office.

The news broke last Wednesday when Bruceville-Eddy Superintendent Richard Kilgore confirmed the investigation saying it stemmed from information from students who came forward, but provided no further details.

McLennan County Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon confirmed the investigation and said it involves “allegations that a school official provided alcohol to minors,” but provided no further details.

Slaughter also teaches U.S. history, according to the district's online directory.

Since Slaughter’s exit, students have begun showing their support for their teacher and coach who is now under fire.

Slaughter is not allowed to coach while under investigation. The Bruceville-Eddy High boys’ basketball team played Hamilton on Friday night at home and won in Slaughter’s absence.

At the end of the game “Slaughter” was chanted by the coach's supporters.

Some students at Bruceville-Eddy High School have been using Twitter to share support and grief after Slaughter’s exit using the hashtag #TeamSlaughter.

Bruceville-Eddy Junior Amy Martinez called Slaughter a role model and someone who would never danger students on Sunday.

“If any of us have a bad day he was always there. He'd let us vent to him about anything," Martinez said.

Junior Jordan Patterson shared similar thoughts.

“Whenever I heard about it I knew something was wrong. He would always help me out during my day, and it’s been heartbreaking not having him here,” Patterson said.

“To see everyone using the TeamSlaughter hashtag has been inspiring. It’s a good way to let him know that everyone loves him and everyone wants him back."

In a brief press release last week, Superintendent Kilgore, said, “The Administration of BEISD cannot comment on personnel matters, however, you can rest assured that any accusations made of its employees will be thoroughly investigated by the district and turned over to authorities.”