A Wisconsin high school football coach took matters into his own hands when a pair of students decided to run onto the field during a Sept. 6 game, but now his spur-of-the-moment decision has caused a parent to call for his firing.
According to the Kenosha News, a 16-year-old Wilmot (Wis.) High School student was running across the field during a varsity football game on Sept. 6 with another student, being chased by a security guard. Assistant football coach Ken Mulhollon knocked the student to the ground, grabbed him by the shirt and carried him off the field.
Mulhollon, in addition to acting as an assistant football coach, serves the school as a paraprofessional, and is also a former police chief in the town of Geneva, Wis.
Video of the incident was captured and shared on social media.
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Rebecca Langel, the mother of the student who was brought to the ground, has called for the firing of the assistant coach.
“I’m not saying what my kid did was right, but for the coach to do that is excessive,” Langel told the Kenosha News. “He could have killed my kid, or broken his neck. No one bothered to check and see if my son was okay.”
“I would like to see him fired, but I don’t think that will happen,” Rebecca Langel said. “Something needs to be done. I don’t think he should get away with it.”
Langel was not at the game when the incident took place, and only heard about it when she had been called to pick up her son from the principal’s office.
The student was suspended from school for five days, and ticketed for $200 for disorderly conduct.
Langel said that her son had experienced symptoms associated with concussion in the wake of the incident, including headaches, dizziness and blurred vision.
Administrator Dan Kopp told the Kenosha News that the students “posed an unknown threat” by running onto the field, and that the “threat was addressed.” Kopp said video of the incident is being reviewed.