THS football coach accused of pushing student, school system finds no evidence of hostility
By Caitlin Boland

Thomson High School head football coach Rob Ridings was accused of placing his hands on a student during football practice last week, but the school system found no evidence of hostility or intent to harm after its investigation.
Thomson High School’s head football coach Rob Ridings has been accused of placing his hands on a student.
Shemika Howard, whose son is a sophomore manager for the football team, said her son told her what happened on the afternoon of Oct. 25 at football practice.
Howard said she was in school at the time of the incident, but her son told her that he and another player, who is injured, were on the sideline. According to her son, a third child came over and began messing with him and the injured player.
“My son told the other guy to hold on because the other player was hurt,” Howard said. “The coach got angry, and he made it look like they were horseplaying and distracting the other players. My son said the coach got in his face, pushed him and told him that he could get his things and go home.” 
Howard said her son went to the locker room to retrieve his belongings, but the door was locked.
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