Hopewell High School assistant volleyball coach fired over "inappropriate" messages

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - When does a text message cross the line? If you work for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the rules are tough but clear. A local volleyball coach is now without a job, after school officials say he sent inappropriate text messages to teenage girls.

CMS officials say Brian Dove was an assistant girl's volleyball coach at Hopewell High School. He was not an employee. Dove was a volunteer who received a small stipend according to school officials.

Angry parents met with school administrators Wednesday night at Hopewell High School. Parents were by school officials the top priority is to keep students safe. Dove tells WBTV his volleyball players were never in any danger.

Last week, police got word Dove was allegedly sending inappropriate messages to his players and detectives began an investigation immediately.

"It was a text asking about the game," Dove told WBTV.

The former assistant volleyball coach is upset and agreed to speak to WBTV by phone, but did not want to meet for an on-camera interview. He says his text was innocent, but not inappropriate.

"I just wanted to get her thoughts on what she thought how we did as a team. I mean, that's really what it boils down to," he said.

After their internal investigation, local police detectives cleared Dove of any wrongdoing, but CMS says he violated a policy that says texting students about anything except school work is a problem.

"I get what CMS had to do because of their standards and I have to go on with life," he said.

CMS officials wouldn't elaborate about the number or content of the messages.

CMS released the following statement:

"We take the safety of our students very seriously and would not want to have anyone in direct contact with our students that has not followed our guidelines and procedures."

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