Fishers High School football coach Rick Wimmer remains on paid administrative leave as of Monday afternoon.
Wimmer, in his 11th season at Fishers, was placed on leave stemming from an in-class incident that occurred on Tuesday at the school. “The district is now addressing the incident as a personnel matter and investigating to determine what further action is needed,” according a statement from the school.
A school spokesperson said Monday that Wimmer’s status had not changed. He did not coach on Friday as Fishers lost a 14-10 home game to Brownsburg.
According to a incident report provided by the Fishers police department, detectives began an investigation on Wednesday into an incident on Tuesday between a teacher and student.
“During the interviews, detectives learned this incident began when the student arrived late for a class,” according to the report. “The teacher instructed the student to proceed to the back of the class, at which time the student verbally disagreed and refused to move. In attempt to direct the student to the back of the room, the teacher placed his hands on the student’s shoulder and upper chest. The student immediately reacted and the teacher removed his hands. Both parties estimated the entire incident lasted approximately five seconds. The teacher and student then walked down to the Dean’s Office where school officials and the student’s mother were notified.”
The police department determined no further action would be necessary.
A petition in support of Wimmer to “resume his responsibilities at Fishers High School as both a teacher and head football coach” is circulating online. It has received 1,403 signatures as of Monday afternoon.
Wimmer led Fishers to the Class 5A state championship in 2010. He is in his 11th season at Fishers and 34th overall with a record of 243-124 including stops at Zionsville, Merrillville and Greenwood.
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