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Hancock County Sheriff Says Warren County School Superintendent Lied About Football Fight

By Brett Buffington

Inside the Hancock County courtroom Wednesday, the people listening to what Hancock County Sheriff Tomlyn Primus had to say about last October's fight between the Hancock Central High School and Warren County High School football teams started clapping as the sheriff told reporters Warren County Superintedent Carol Jean Carey lied to investigators and the media.

"She knows that the GBI's done caught her up in her lies," said Sheriff Primus.

Carey stood by her word...saying she was at the football field the night the fight happened and was standing by Coach David Daniel up until the moments just before he was hit in the face. Carey says she was there in the middle of the chaos...calling the fight the most frightening thing she's seen in her 31-year education career.

"The Hancock County Sheriff told me, up front, that he would investigate from the Hancock County point of view. My vice chair was in the room when he said that. I offered him all of our evidence and he didn't want it," said Carey.

Sheriff Primus clames Carey misunderstood what he said, but did admit, he was not at the football field when the fight happened. District Attorney Fred Bright says it's still not clear exactly who started the fight...but Bright says the rumor that Warren County players were intentionally locked out of the locker room just isn't true.

"The football manager for the Warren County football team admits that she had the key to the visitors' locker room the whole time," said Bright.

Warren County head coach David Daniel was the only person from the Warren County side to testify before the Grand Jury. He said he couldn't talk about the case as he left the courthouse Wednesday, though through this entire process, he's been adamant he was only trying to protect his player and stop the fight...when he was hit. Superintendant Carey says she didn't attend the hearing, acting at the advice of her school board attorney.

Carey also said, in her statement Thursday, that she couldn't believe there was no indictment, but she says she still has faith in the justice system. She sent a message Thursday night, saying...that if the Sheriff believes she's lying, she will happly take another polygraph test...as long as he takes one, too.

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