A middle school football coach has been accused of body-slamming one of his players after the player made a mistake.
Many in the crowd at the high school football game were talking about the alleged incident that happened between at 12-year-old player at Albemarle Middle School and football coach Craig Williams. Many were shocked by the allegations.
Don Cole knows the student.
"The kid came home by my mom's house yesterday with his dad. He didn't look real happy about this whole situation," Cole said.
The boy's father contacted Eyewitness News. He said earlier this month, his son was sent onto the field to play. Then a referee ruled that there were too many players on the field. The boy was called back to the sidelines.
That's when Williams allegedly body-slammed the boy and said, "I'm going to kick your (expletive) if you get up."
Williams was suspended for two games. The boy's father doesn't think that's harsh enough. The school district told us they acted appropriately.
"They had to do what they had to do to make an example, let him know you can't do that stuff," Darryl Currie said.
Albermarle police just wrapped up their investigation and they've turned the case over to a local district attorney's office.
Many people we spoke with did have positive things to save about Williams.
We tried to contact Williams tonight, but he didn't get back to Eyewitness News.
This could become a larger issue. Channel 9 heard there could be a possible meeting next week with representatives of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.