High school coach sounds off after he was initially fired for using force to restrain student with a gun

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A Georgia high school coach reacted to his suspension as a result of an altercation during which he physically assaulted a female student who had brought a loaded firearm to school, an incident that raised questions on whether he acted with excessive force.

Kenneth Miller who coaches at Tri-Cities High School in Fulton County said that “I don’t feel like I did anything wrong,” regarding the confrontation that took place last August. “I only adhered to what Fulton County School Board Policy says you’re allowed to do,” he added, according to Atlanta’s 11 Alive News.

Miller insists that he was only defending himself when on August 20, 2021, he engaged with the student after being told by the principal that there were reports of students with guns on campus. The incident occurred when the coach, who was accompanied by police, confronted the student who he was unaware had a firearm at the time.

When the student became aggressive, striking him with a stapler, Miller violently reacted to restrain her until the police could take control; a gun was allegedly found in the student’s book bag.

Miller was initially fired but the school district later reversed the decision, suspending him instead.

(Video: 11 Alive News)

According to Miller’s lawyer, “Teachers get put in terribly dangerous situations and they have to be supported by the school systems that employ them,” he said. “Those teachers are our first line of defense against guns and other types of terrible violence that happens in schools.”

Miller gave his account of the day’s events, saying, “We were on our way to an outdoor pep rally that day and we got notice that kids were planning on doing something at the pep rally,” and that he was summoned to the principal’s office and told to investigate reports that kids had guns on campus.

“And during that process, we located guns, and we saved,” he said.

Fulton County Schools defended its actions in a statement Thursday to Fox News Digital: “The district administration does not support Mr. Miller’s actions relating to this event and believes his conduct failed to meet the professional expectations it has for employees. Mr. Miller inappropriately intervened in a student matter being handled by school administrators and law enforcement. Mr. Miller acted outside of the scope of his authority and responsibilities.”

“Mr. Miller’s conduct resulted in an escalation of a physical altercation with a student in crisis, which conflicts with district expectations to deescalate in these types of situations. Mr. Miller has not exhausted his due process rights at this time and remains on full, paid administrative leave,” the statement said.

Some might suggest that there is more than a little bit of a double standard at play with Miller’s defenders seeking to spin the altercation that his being in danger was justification for his actions. But many of those who have his back would perhaps be the first to scream bloody murder when police officers defend themselves against criminals and that Miller had no right to attack the student, especially if the cops were on the scene.


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