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Eight highschool soccer coaches suspended over allegations they made a Hebrew Israelite participant eat a pizza that had contained pork

The 17-year-old pupil, who hasn’t been named, is a rising senior at Canton McKinley High School, the place he was an offensive lineman on the soccer staff. After skipping an earlier weightlifting session due to an harm, the staff’s coaches advised him to eat a whole pepperoni pizza as punishment on May 24, whereas his teammates had been pressured to hold heavy weight disks as they exercised round him, lawyer Edward Gilbert stated.

The teenager reminded the pinnacle coach a number of instances that he didn’t eat pork. The pupil had beforehand advised teaching employees a number of instances that he was a Hebrew Israelite, and didn’t eat pork due to his faith, the lawyer added.

“It is our contention that the coach was fully aware of this and intentionally ordered a pork pizza for this punishment,” Gilbert stated.

After the coaches yelled at him and threatened the staff with extra workout routines, the scholar was allowed to take off the pepperoni slices and a number of the cheese and subsequently ate the pizza, regardless of contemplating it nonetheless unclean due to pork residue, in accordance with the lawyer.

Head Football Coach Marcus Wattley didn’t reply to requests for remark made to emails and telephone numbers listed for him.

Police investigating

“The Canton Police Department was contacted yesterday by the school system to make a report for the alleged possible hazing incident,” Police Chief Jack Angelo advised CNN. “We are currently investigating and our results will be turned over to the Canton City Prosecutors Office for a determination on any charges.”

Superintendent Jeff Talbert issued a press release on the district’s web site Wednesday saying, partially, that the college’s preliminary investigation into the incident has concluded and that self-discipline will comply with.

“The investigation found that the identified coaches engaged in actions that constituted inappropriate, demeaning, and divisive behavior in a misguided attempt to instill discipline in the student-athletes,” Talbert stated. “This behavior will not be tolerated and further disciplinary measures for staff, which have not yet been determined, will follow.”

The pupil is searching for to be transferred to a different faculty after the “traumatic” episode, and has needed to search remedy, Gilbert advised CNN.

“You look at coaches as role models,” Gilbert stated. “Trust has been violated here.”

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