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 August 28, 2023

An apparent stomach punch by a high school football coach led to his arrest

A football coach employed at a high school in Georgia has been apprehended subsequent to being captured on tape engaging in an act that resembles a forceful strike, or a punch, to the abdominal region of an adolescent player during a game.

According to the Breitbart News, the individual who coaches for Mays High School in southwest Atlanta and remains unidentified.

The Mays Raiders were engaged in a sporting event held in Douglas County on a Saturday, namely at the Eddie S. Henderson Stadium located within Midtown High School in Atlanta, Georgia.

It was at this game that the incident in question was captured on camera. The video depicts a coach engaging in a confrontation with a player in close proximity to the sidelines.

During this interaction, the coach swiftly administers a punch to the player's midriff, resulting in the student doubling over in response.

The coach was referred to as a "lay coach" by school authorities, indicating that he is a volunteer and not a formal employee of the institution.

Lay coaches, in contrast to their professional counterparts, lack official teaching licenses, although they are mandated to undertake a comprehensive background check and successfully finish a training program administered by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA).

"A lay coach for Mays High School, who is not a classroom instructor, is in police custody after an incident that occurred on the sideline during the school's game this afternoon against Douglas County High School," said Seth Coleman, APS media relations director, according to The Daily Mail.

"Video from the live broadcast of the game appears to show the lay coach physically assaulting a player. The adult faces administrative charges from the district as well."

The instructor has been arrested and is expected to face charges of simple assault., AJC reported.

In towns across the South, high school football is a treasured tradition and seen as an important cultural and social event. It's more than just a sport to many; it's a treasured ritual that brings people together in plenty of instances.

People of all ages come together to watch and cheer for their neighborhood teams on Friday nights. Young players learn things like how to be disciplined, work as a team, and maintain persistence in the face of adversity.

In addition, it can lead to college grants and jobs that could pay well. With a long history and a lot of emotion, high school football in the South is more than just a way to compete, and with emotions running high, anyone who puts that program in jeopardy draws more than a little ire from southern parents.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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