Fred Riley Jr. is the high school football coach making national headlines after one of his players was severely beaten in the locker room. The attack was recorded on a cellphone and widely shared on social media beginning in May.
The parents of the child accuse Riley of allowing and promoting this type of culture among his players. Riley was placed on administrative leave on August 8 from Davidson High School in Mobile.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. The Locker Room Attack Went Viral and Prompted Other Families to Come Forward With Similar Stories of Abuse
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Fred Riley Jr. is facing allegations from several parents at Davidson High School that he allowed for a culture of violence and hazing on his team. They say Riley and his staff should have done more to protect players from being abused. Some parents have been pushing for Riley to be fired ever since the video of the attack on Rodney Kim Jr. began circulating on social media.
— Alexa Knowles FOX10 (@AlexaMKnowles) June 25, 2018
14-year-old Rodney Kim Jr, who was a freshman at the time, can be seen trying desperately to shield himself as he is repeatedly punched and kicked while curled up on the ground. The person watching the video can be heard saying “snitch,” but it’s unclear if that person was referring to the victim. Kim’s parents say he had a broken arm and suffered emotional trauma.
Since this video went viral, at least two more families have come forward to report that their sons suffered similar beatings at the hands of their teammates. Lawsuits filed against the school claim the students were hit and beaten with belts, and body-slammed to the ground.
2. Several Football Players Were Charged With Assault & the School District Is Facing Two Lawsuits
These three teenagers are expected to appear in municipal court today on third degree assault charges. They were arrested in connection to a video that shows a group of Davidson High School football players beating 14 y/o Rodney Kim Jr. pic.twitter.com/3czjkio2sK
— Kendra Turley FOX10 (@kendraturley) June 27, 2018
At least eight students faced assault charges following the locker room attack. According to AL.com, the first charges were filed at the beginning of May against four students. Soon after, five more were identified for their alleged roles in the beating of Rodney Kim.
Three of the students turned themselves into police May 29. They were identified as 18-year-olds Alex Sullivan, Ellis Damoind Wright and LaQuiton Williams Jr. They were soon released on bond. A 17-year-old also turned himself into a juvenile center.
Nine players have been suspended and the school system is facing a $12 million lawsuit stemming from the beating of then-freshman quarterback Rodney Kim Jr. in May https://t.co/dkZMHFhgDn
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