A highschool soccer coach in Ohio was fired Thursday after forcing a participant to eat pork as a punishment, in response to the New York Occasions.
The incident occurred after a senior on the Canton McKinley Excessive Faculty soccer staff missed an non-obligatory follow. On Could 24, the 17-year-old participant was reportedly compelled by coaches to eat a complete pepperoni pizza as punishment. The participant is a Hebrew Israelite, and can’t devour pork for non secular causes.
The participant was reportedly informed he needed to eat a complete pizza or his teammates can be punished with additional drills. Coaches allowed the participant to take away the pepperoni from the pizza after the participant knowledgeable them of his beliefs. The participant believed coaches had been conscious of his dietary restriction earlier than ordering the punishment.
The participant’s household intends to sue the varsity district and the participant is reportedly in remedy on account of the incident.
Coaches had been initially suspended and finally fired
Head coach Marcus Wattley and 7 assistant coaches had been initially suspended on account of the incident. The Canton Metropolis Faculty Board met Thursday, and voted 5-0 to terminate the contracts of Wattley and 6 assistant coaches.
Superintendent Jeff Talbert reiterated, “Because of this these people are not coaches with the Canton Metropolis Faculty District and they won’t be concerned in any Canton Metropolis Faculties Soccer exercise transferring ahead.”
Talbert added that an investigation revealed coaches “engaged in actions that constituted inappropriate, demeaning, and divisive conduct.” Talbert mentioned that sort of conduct wouldn’t be tolerated.
The one assistant coach who wasn’t fired could have been the one who reported the episode to the varsity. One coach who was not current reportedly knowledgeable the varsity of what occurred, in response to the New York Occasions.
Athletic director Antonio Corridor will take over because the staff’s interim coach.
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