CITY, SC (WMBF) – The Ronald E. McNair Middle School coach who was accused last
week of assaulting a player during practice will be able to return to teaching
after the criminal case against him was dismissed.
13-year-old boy was taken to the hospital in Lake City for head pain last week
after reporting he'd been shaken up by a coach at football practice.
The teen did not have any visual injuries when police were called
to Lake City Community Hospital Tuesday night, but he was complaining of
moderate head pain. Before his family drove him there, he said he was dizzy,
then fell down and began shaking.
According to the report from Lake City Police, the teen says his
symptoms were a result of an assault at football practice earlier that day.
While kneeling on the field, he says a coach got frustrated with him, pushed
him down, shook him by his helmet and jerked him upright by his pads.
The teen says that coach threatened to make the whole team
"run to the fence." He told his family what happened when he got home
Florence County School District Three confirmed the coach is Chris
Fuecker and released the following statement about the incident, which
allegedly took place at Ronald E. McNair Middle School:
Florence County School District Three is cooperating fully with
law enforcement's investigation into an alleged assault on a football player at
Ronald E. McNair Middle School by an assistant coach. The district also is
conducting an internal investigation into the allegation. The assistant coach
has been placed on paid administrative leave from coaching duties pending the
outcome of the investigation.
County District Three spokesperson Brian Huckabee later confirmed Fuecker was
also placed on administrative leave from teaching duties the following day.
Lake City Police investigated the incident and decided not to
pursue charges against Fuecker, according to Huckabee, and the district reinstated
him from administrative leave for teaching duties at the middle school,
effective Thursday, October 17.
"He will now return to the classroom, but will not return
to coaching football this season because the student who made the allegations
is a member of the team," Huckabee stated. "The district feels it is in
everyone's best interest that he not return to coaching this season."
woman named Shanda Wahab said her son plays on the same football team as the
alleged victim. Wahab said she is unaware of her son having any trouble with
any of the coaches for the team.
"He thinks very highly of his coaches. He hasn't experienced
any of that or else he would've told me," Wahab said.
Wahab said there is a fine line between someone being a coach, and
being too aggressive.
"I want them to treat them as I would. I realize it's
football so they're not gonna hold their hand, but I don't want them to be
smacked around or jerked on," Wahab said.