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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:59 am, Thu Jul 19, 2012.

Galt High School vice principal Robert E. Rappleye Jr. was arrested Friday after police said he hit another man twice with a golf club.

According to an Angels Camp police report, Rappleye, 61, was golfing at the Greenhorn Creek Golf Course when he and his golfing partners became angry over the pace of play by a pair of husband and wife golfers at the 18th tee ahead of them.

It led to a verbal argument, police said; then the husband approached Rappleye's group to discuss the issue. The argument became physical when Rappleye took a golf club and struck the husband twice, the police report said. The husband was injured on left arm and shoulder blade after attempting to block the blows, according to witnesses in the police report.

Angels Camp Police responded to the call and met four golfers near the pro shop on site. The victim and another man were still arguing when police arrived. The victim was bleeding from his injuries, and pointed out Rappleye as the subject responsible, police said.

Officer Chris Johnson detained Rappleye as he was loading his golf clubs into his car and preparing to leave, the report said. Rappleye admitted to striking the victim and was detained while Johnson spoke with the victim and witnesses, according to the police report.

The victim was treated by paramedics and released. Rappleye declined treatment for a scrape on his chin.

Rappleye was arrested and booked into the Calaveras County Jail on Friday night on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. He was released Saturday morning.

Rappleye has been employed by the Galt Joint Union High School District since 1984. He began working as a teacher and is currently the vice principal at Galt High School.

"We're aware of the allegations, and we take it very seriously. This was an event outside of the school time. It happened during his personal time. At this point we are cooperating with any police investigation," said Audrey Kilpatrick, chief business official and interim superintendent for the Galt Joint Union High School District. She did not comment on usual district policy to deal with this kind of incident.

School board member Angela DaPrato echoed Kilpatrick.

"At this time don't want to infringe on the Angel's Camp Police Department's investigation. We will wait until it is over to comment," she said.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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  • Robert Chapman posted at 9:05 am on Sun, Jul 22, 2012.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    I have ;played Greenhorn many times but never got away with only 2 strokes on the 18th which is a 485 yd (gold tee) par 5.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:37 am on Fri, Jul 20, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4308

    Hopefully, GHC had a Marshal on the golf course at that hole that might have been a witness - an impartial witness.

    Very distressing story.

  • Frederick Goethel posted at 8:46 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Frederick Goethel Posts: 50

    My have a feeling that this story, as released, was very one sided. I've known Mr. Rappleye for 7 years in the school setting and I have never ever seen him raise his voice...let alone show this sort of anger. I did see another report that mentioned the other golfer involved used foul language directed at Mr. Raplleye's wife and I know he adores her. I suspect that is what set him off.

    Seeing that there appears to be an injury to Mr. Rappleye also makes me suspicous. I worked for a number of years as a police officer, and when we had injuries in a dispute to both parties, they were either both arrested or both sent on their repsective way. Makes me wonder about the validity of all of this.

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 4:08 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1804

    In a more serious tone...I wonder how Mr Rappley's chin and nose were injured? I do not condone what was done but I do wonder what actually happened. That is for the court to decide not me. I have known Mr Rappley for over 20 years and have never heard so much as a cross word from him or about him. He was one of the most beloved teachers and principals at GHS and is looked up to by his peers. I can only believe that he was either provoked, felt threatened or feared for his well-being. I think I will stand behind and for him for a bit longer.

  • Jay Samone posted at 3:02 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    [beam] Good one Josh!!! Hahahaha......some of these golfers take the "sport" waaaaaaaaaaay too seriously...........it's like they think they're at the PGA or something....

    What I'm wondering is if he even thought he did something wrong, cuz it sounds like he was just going to go on his merry old way had someone not contacted the law.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 10:41 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    But Jose, think of the stress relief you will receive from wrapping you seven iron around someone's neck. [beam]

  • Jose Sanborn posted at 8:41 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Jose Sanborn Posts: 34

    Thought I would take up golf to relieve my stress...now think I will take up backgammon instead. [wink]

  • Shannon Denney posted at 8:38 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Shan Posts: 1

    When my son got caught fighting at this school, he was suspended. Hmmmmm....

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:36 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    hummm... I wonder what the 4 people behind me thought when I played 18 holes with just a putter... I think I had a 140 that day...

  • Josh Morgan posted at 6:55 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    Ahhhhh golf, such a stress free, relaxing game.



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