Woman coach gets cleaver, then jail

Woman coach gets cleaver, then jail

By Joe Baker

By Joe Baker

Senior Editor

An incident last Saturday at a volleyball game at Kennedy Middle School alarmed both school officials and fans. The occasion was a game between Rockford Environmental Science Academy (RESA) and Eisenhower.

Jim Jennings, spokesman for District 205, said school administrators still are trying to collect all the information about what happened.

Jennings said fans became unruly during the game and were warned by the referee that if they did not quiet down, the game would be forefeited.

Reportedly, the fans did not obey, and the referee declared the game forefeited. At that point, one of the coaches lost her temper and got into a shouting match with fans and the referee.

Police reported the woman left the gym in anger, went to her car and got a meat cleaver. She was then seen returning to the building with the meat clever, tried to gain entry, and was locked out.

According to police officials, when officers responded to the call, the meat clever was found in the trunk of her car. She was arrested and jailed. Bond was set at $5,000. She later posted bond and was released.

Jennings said the coach was discharged. “We wouldn’t tolerate that behavior from a student. We certainly won’t tolerate it from an adult, who is supposed to be a role model,” Jennings said.

Jennings refused to release the coach’s identity.

Police officials identified her as Toni Gay, age 39. She was charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a weapon on school property.

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