In Wetzel County, parents are accusing a coach of improperly dealing with his players.
Monday night, students and parents gathered at the Wetzel County Board of Education meeting to express their concerns regarding the Magnolia football team. Several parents spoke in front of the board claiming the head coach has physically and verbally abused football players.
Elizabeth Seckman, a football player’s mother, said, “There’s been an ongoing problem with the team with some very negative remarks made to players.” Connie Johnston, another football player’s mother, said, “Well I can assure that no mother or father that they’re child has had a man put their hands on them out of anger.”
They said the problems have been on going but the alleged incident at the Wheeling Central Catholic football game in September prompted them to take action.
“But when you put your hands on kids, that’s where I draw the line. You can’t do that.” Johnston says, “None of us feel proud to be part of this organization. We’re actually kinda embarrassed and ashamed to say that we’re part of Magnolia football right now,” Seckman said.
Some of the football players have been protesting the matter by missing practice. “What I want people to know honestly is that the boys who stood up for themselves had a right to do it and that they’re not the ones causing the problems at Magnolia High School,” said Seckman.
The board did respond by saying they are in the middle of their investigation with the incidents.
One board member said, “I’m sorry this has happened to you. This is not what football is about. We hope to get this all fixed We do what’s best for the children.” The board also told the football players to trust the system and finish out the year.