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Parents Call For Coach's Firing After Sideline Confrontation
Video Shows Coach Grabbing Player, Sitting Him Down On Bench
INDIANAPOLIS -- The parents of a Warren Central High School football player are calling for their son's coach to be fired after an altercation on the sidelines during Friday night's game.
The confrontation between Nathan White and head coach John Hart was caught on tape by 6News' cameras. The video shows White receiving an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for hitting a Ben Davis High School player out of bounds. Then there is pushing and shoving between players from both squads. After the commotion, Hart is seen grabbing White by the face or the chest and leading him back to the bench.
Delbert White told 6News' Derrik Thomas Monday that he believed Hart abused his son, putting him at risk for a possible spinal injury by grabbing him by the face mask.
"The coach should be suspended, fired. I think he should be arrested," he said.
White's mother, Joyce White, said that Hart had apologized to her after the incident.
"He apologized several times and I stated to him the apology wasn't accepted," she said. "He harmed my son. He used excessive force."
White's family had a meeting with the school principal Monday morning, but said they were not satisfied with what they were told.
School officials said that Hart did the right thing.
"I think the coach intervened to make a bad situation from getting worse. That's obviously a very, very, spirited contest when we play Ben Davis High School. Emotions run very, very high. That's where we are at this point in time," said spokesman Tony Burchett.
6News was not able to reach Hart on Monday. Any action taken against Hart would not be made public because it was a confidential personnel matter, school officials said.
White sat out the rest of Friday's game following the incident. He has been cleared to practice and play in this week's game, his family said.