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Controversy Over the Fate of a Lone Grove Speech and Debate Coach's Job

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WE TOLD YOU AT 5.. LONE GROVE SCHOOLS.. IS GETTING RID OF IT'S VERY SUCCESSFULL SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM COACH.
     WHEN WORD SPREAD... OUR PHONE LINES AND EMAILS LIT UP .. WITH PARENTS WANTING ANSWERS.
     NEW AT SIX.. THEY'RE SPEAKING OUT..
      MEREDITH SALDANA IS IN THE ARDMORE NEWSROOM ..., MEREDITH?

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     LISANNE, BRIAN GUNTER HAS COACHED SPEECH AND DEBATE AT LONE GROVE FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS..
     YESTERDAY,, HE FOUND OUT  HE WILL NO LONGER HOLD THAT TITLE..
     BUT WILL INSTEAD BE MOVED TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL...
     JUST WEEKS AWAY FROM NATIONALS... PARENTS AND STUDENTS ARE UPSET.

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<23:40 Wyatt: You know I'd like to think that i'm growing up to be a good guy and I think that one of the main influences in that has been Mr. Gunter.
     WYATT FREEMAN HAS BEEN COACHED BY BRIAN GUNTER FOR THE LAST 6 YEARS...
     FREEMAN SPOKE WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF HIS TEAM AND SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE SCHOOL'S DECISION.    
(16:54) Wyatt: We've got 7 state championships and now they're talking about firing him and moving him to a middle school english class. It's not where he belongs. He doesn't belong teaching kids to read shakespeare, he belongs teaching kids how to change their life.
     AFTER WORD SPREAD OF THE SCHOOL'S DECISION TUESDAY NIGHT... A FACEBOOK SUPPORT PAGE WAS STARTED... AND PARENTS QUICKLY HEARD WHAT THE SCHOOL BOARD REPORTEDLY TOLD GUNTER.
(3:55) Robin: We're devastated as a parent of a straight A student that has been 5 years on the speech team. She is a sophomore, first in the state in class 4A for cross examination her and her partner this year and this is the person who has done this for us not only for us but for many other children.
     FREEMAN AND TWO OTHER STUDENTS ARE GETTING READY FOR NATIONALS.. IN JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS.
     BUT THEY SAY THEY'LL BE COMPETEING *WITHOUT THEIR COACH.
(17:30) Wyatt: To have a school that doesn't appreciate that, doesn't appreciate not only what we do, but what he does, sinking not only his time but his money, his personal money into this is just ridiculous.
(5:24) Robin: We the parents have supported the team financially and emotionaly and no one has come to us and said a word to us and I think we deserve the answers. This is my child's life and many other children's lives and what have you done to us? We have a right to know.>

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         I CALLED.... A BOARD MEMBER WHO WOULDN'T COMMENT AND REFERRED ME TO THE SUPERINTENDENT... WHO DID NOT RETURN MY CALL.. NEITHER DID THE PRINCIPAL.
     A SCHOOL BOARD MEETING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 14TH... PARENTS TELL ME THEY BELIEVE THE DISTRICT PLANS TO WAIT UNTIL THEN.. .TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE.