Police are investigating a high school coach who allegedly choked out a student while attempting to remove her from an altercation with another female student, according to local media reports.
Kingstree (S.C.) assistant principal Mack Burgess, who has served as an assistant football and basketball coach at the rural high school, received a courtesy summons from local authorities after the girl’s mother provided video of the incident to local police, according to WMBF-TV.
“It’s about my daughter but it’s about other kids,” the girl’s mother, Yolanda Nesmith, told The News of Kingstree. “When this has happened to other kids in Williamsburg County at this school and other schools, what they do, they sweep all this stuff under the rug and its never let known. This is just a fight for the kids and for other parents who don’t go through these things. I’m going through with this because this is my child. Anything could have happened to her. She could have died from this.”
The girl appears to lose consciousness as other school officials also rush to break up the fight.
“We have several programs in place to assist our students in resolving conflicts without physical contact,”Williamsburg County School District director of public relations Bonnie King said in a statement to local media. “Our rehabilitative behavioral health specialists, intervention specialists, mental health counselors (on-site), and guidance counselors work closely with students to address numerous issues throughout the year to include conflict resolution. Annually, counselors and administrators participate in Crisis Non-Violence Technique Training that provides them with the knowledge needed during physical altercations.”
Now, we’re working off 30 seconds of raw video footage here, but if Burgess faces charges from this incident, it sure seems like coaches and school administrators who would like to prevent kids from beating the (heck) out of each other in the future will be discouraged from doing so.