Park High Gymnastics Coach on Leave After Tattooing Student

Updated: 12/09/2013 2:28 PM
Created: 12/09/2013 1:21 PM
By: Megan Stewart

A gymnastics coach for Park High School was placed on administrative lave after he was issued a citation for inking two tattoos on a juvenile girl without her parent's permission.

Terry Robert Hardy, 37 of Hastings, was cited for two counts of assault after tattooing one of his students in June, police said. A man called the Hastings Police Department last week to report the incident to police.

In a statement Monday, School District 833 said "Allegations have been made against Park High School Gymnastics Head Coach Terry Hardy. Upon learning of the allegations, he was placed on paid administrative leave by the district. He is on administrative leave pending further investigation as the head coach of Park High School gymnastics, but has been dismissed as a gymnastics coordinator for District 833s community Education program."

At the time of the incident, written authorization was required by both custodial and non-custodial parents before a tattoo is applied to a person under the age of 18, according to Minnesota Law.

That law was repealed in August and the new law states that no technician shall tattoo any person under the age of 18, regardless of parent consent.

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