On Saturday (August 26), a Mays High School football coach, who remains unidentified, appeared to scream at one of his players before hitting him during the first quarter of a game against Douglas County. The incident was broadcast from Eddie. S Henderson Stadium at Midtown High School on Peachtree TV.
An Atlanta Public Schools police officer reportedly removed the coach from the sidelines. He was later put in custody.
According to spokesman Seth Coleman, the coach was a "lay coach" who doesn't teach at the high school or have a teaching certificate. Lay coaches are required to complete a GHSA training program.
“A lay coach for Mays High School, who is not a classroom instructor, is in police custody after an incident that occurred on the sideline during the school’s game this afternoon against Douglas County High School,” Coleman said in a statement. “The lay coach will be charged with simple battery and face administrative charges from the district.”
“The safety and well-being of all APS students remains a high priority for the district and all APS employees are held to the highest standard of conduct and professionalism,” the statement continued.