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Spotsylvania authorities investigating allegations that volunteer football coach kicked boy during practice

UPDATE: The Spotsylvania school division issued a statement this morning.

Statement of Spotsylvania County Public Schools Regarding

Ni River Middle school incident

 Spotsylvania, VA— Spotsylvania County Schools takes this matter very seriously.  Upon learning of the incident, Spotsylvania County Schools Administration, in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office, launched an investigation regarding the behavior of a volunteer coach.   The volunteer coach has resigned his current position and his volunteer status with the School Division has been terminated.  Additionally, the Division has informed the volunteer coach that he is not permitted on any school grounds.  At this time, the Sheriff’s Office has taken the lead on the investigation and the Division will continue to work with the Sheriff’s Office as they gather further information.

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Spotsylvania County authorities are looking into allegations that a volunteer football coach at Ni River Middle School kicked a player during practice Tuesday afternoon.

Schools spokeswoman Rene Daniels and Principal Veronne Davis said the school division is investigating the allegations. The school’s resource officer is also investigating.

The boy’s mother said she took the seventh grader to the emergency room after practice Tuesday evening and that no one had told her he was injured.

The boy was recovering at home today.

Ni River Middle School canceled football practice for this afternoon in the wake of the investigation, Davis said.

Spotsylvania’s superintendent and School Board members were attending an anti-bullying event at Spotsylvania Towne Centre when the newspaper called them for comment.

I’m gathering additional details and expect to have more information online and in Thursday’s Free Lance-Star.