|Updated: 9/12 12:52 pm
||Published: 9/12 12:45 pm
An Osage County superintendent is investigating claims of bullying in the ranks of a school’s football team.
Parents in Hominy tell FOX23 they’re concerned a middle school football coach encouraged players to bull teammates by kicking, kneeing and punching other players during a drill called “Against the Wall.”
“These boys were let to beat up on the other kids pinned against the wall, punching them in the stomach,” one mother who didn’t want to be identified tells FOX23’s Janai Norman
The mom we talked to says according to her son, that drill became an outlet for anger and other problems between players, with the coach allegedly telling players, “There’s no repercussions, no pink slips, no detention, if you got revenge on a kid, here’s your chance, so call him out.”
We sat down with Superintendent Russell Hull to get answers.
He remembered the drill from when he was a coach, but says he didn’t think it had been used in years.
Superintendent Hull was unsure of why the drills were done away with back in 1998, but admits pinning players to a wall and roughing them up could cross the line.
“Yeah, I could see that happening,” he said when asked about the possibility of things getting out of hand. “I could see that transpiring if the coach didn’t blow the whistle in time for it to stop.”
FOX23 discovered that’s where there may have been a breakdown.
The mom we spoke to said, “He told the boys he gets distracted so he didn’t always blow the whistle.”
She says she knows football is physical, but physical aggression is a whole other ball game.
“My son sat and watched other kids bullied while a coach encouraged it.”
FOX23’s Janai Norman asked the superintendent, “Do you worry that if this did happen, it could be encouraging bullying?”
“I hadn’t thought about it that way, hadn’t thought of it that way,” Superintendent Hull began. “But it’d be something I have to think about.”
The superintendent says he is investigating the claims and will talk with coaches and players before making a decision. But he says regardless of what happens, bullying will not be tolerated.