Dreher student’s father 'deeply regrets' incident, lawyer says

| tflach@thestate.com March 7, 2014 

— The father of a Dreher High School student is sorry for allegedly assaulting a Columbia police officer while trying to learn about his daughter’s medical emergency, the man’s lawyer said Friday.

David Bass “deeply regrets what happened,” his lawyer Alex Postic said after a court hearing. “There’s nothing in his background that indicates he would do something like this.”

Bass “always had good relations” with school resource officer Rafael Douglas while serving as an assistant swimming coach for students, Postic said.

Postic declined to discuss what happened except to say Bass is “very concerned about the well-being of his family.”

Bass, 47, had been notified Thursday that school officials had called emergency medical personnel for a situation involving his daughter, according to a police report.

Medical personnel were with the student in a conference room, according to the report, when Bass arrived and was told to wait outside of the room until the discussion was finished.

Bass then kicked in the door and put his hand in Douglas’ face, according to the report. It was unclear whether the officer was inside the room at the time.

Then Bass allegedly grabbed the deputy by the neck and pushed his head into a wall, which left a hole in the wall, the report said.

The officer suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for evaluation and later released.

Bass was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and battery, disturbing schools and resisting arrest. He was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and released on a personal recognizance bond and told not to return to Dreher.

While declining to provide Bass’ account of the incident, Postic said “we do not agree with the facts as written in the (police) report.”

Richland 1 spokeswoman Karen York said Bass has been terminated from his duties as an assistant boys and girls swimming coach.

He also is on a no-trespassing notice for all Richland 1 schools and other sites, she said.

Bass was a non-district employee who received a coaching supplement for assisting with the swim teams, she said.

 

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