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West Limestone player tells board he wants to transfer

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — A West Limestone High School football player is asking for a transfer, alleging that his assistant coach is abusive.

On Monday, Superintendent Barry Carroll added an item to the school board's agenda to approve the player's transfer to Clements High School.

Board member Earl Glaze, however, asked the board to table the item because he received a letter from the player's parent that raises "serious allegations." Glaze received the letter five minutes before the meeting.

"If what is in the letter is true, we've got a major situation," Glaze said. "This needs to be addressed immediately, and we need to have a special board meeting to deal with this as soon as possible."

Glaze and Carroll did not name the coach or player, but Glaze referred to the player as a star running back. Carroll said he is a junior.

Glaze said the letter contains a doctor's note that says verbal abuse from the assistant coach is causing emotional problems for the player.

"I'm not aware of any physical abuse allegations, but I haven't read through the whole letter," Glaze said.

"This is the first written allegation I've seen against the coach, but I've heard talk there were problems there."

Carroll said the system will investigate the allegations.

If the board approves the player's transfer, he cannot play his senior year unless the parents move to that school district, Carroll said.

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