15
Sep
10

So you think YOU know how to motivate a sluggish kid?

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1 Response to “So you think YOU know how to motivate a sluggish kid?”


  1. September 15, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    A Leesburg man accused of using a BB gun to motivate a teenager during football drills in hot weather said Monday he’s sorry and that the incident was a misunderstanding.

    Robert Lynn Barker, 41, left his family home and was forced to cut off all contact with his stepson after he was arrested Saturday on a child-abuse charge. He told the Orlando Sentinel that he would never hurt the boy.

    “I didn’t mean for this to get out of hand,” a tearful Barker said. “Maybe I was a little over-zealous. I’m sorry.”

    On Saturday, the teen had felt ill during a Tavares youth football game. When they got home, Barker told the teen he needed more conditioning and made the boy run sprints in his football gear using the BB gun to signal the beginning of the drill, he said.

    It was 91 degrees with a heat index of 107 on Saturday, a deputy’s report said.

    An anonymous caller heard the gun and called deputies. Barker was charged with child abuse and aggravated assault with a weapon.


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