Neshaminy Investigates Reports of NHS Football Coach Grabbing Athlete

Neshaminy district officials confirmed to Patch that they are investigating reports of an incident between Neshaminy High School football coach Mark Schmidt and a player.

Neshaminy School District officials confirmed with Patch that they are investigating reports of an incident that took place between Neshaminy High School football coach Mark Schmidt and one of his players.

According to Phillyburbs, Schmidt grabbed one of his players by the jersey during a game against Council Rock South last Friday.

"I can confirm to you that district officials are aware of an alleged incident that took place during last week's football game involving a Neshaminy player and a member of our coaching staff," Neshaminy School Board President Ritchie Webb told Patch.

"District officials are currently collecting facts surrounding the alleged incident and will take any appropriate actions as is outlined by Neshaminy School District policy," he said.

District Superintendent Robert Copeland declined to comment on the alleged incident based on advice from counsel.

Longtime Resident October 17, 2012 at 03:28 PM
There is a lot missing here. Did he grab the jersey to keep him from going on the field??? Did he grab the jersey to get his attention to talk to him about the game??? What were the circumstances at to why he grabbed the jersey; how he grabbed the jersey and the intensity he grabbed it?????
Bill G October 17, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I was at the game, saying he grabbed the jersey is a huge understatement. He forcefully pulled the player from the playing field. He is lucky to not have injured the player. This was a sixteen year old kid, and Coach Schmidt is a teacher at NHS. How can you not fire this man for his actions? If it were in the classroom would it be acceptable?
Stanley Esposito October 18, 2012 at 07:30 PM
@Bill, Yes grabbing a kid in the classroom would be inappropriate. On the football field it is also not acceptable. After an investigation they decided to suspend the coach for one game. That sounds about right. As far as injuring the kid he is a football player in pads with a helmet on he probably is bigger then the coach anyway. Why try to turn this into something bigger?
Tom Sofield October 19, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Here is an update on the story: http://levittown.patch.com/articles/nhs-football-coach-mark-schmidt-suspended-one-game
JW Lower South October 19, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Is anyone even thinking about what the player did to get Coach so mad? The young man got a personal foul....why? Because he (the young man) was doing something wrong, something Coach has told them not to do over and over again. These are very big YOUNG MEN with a lot of strength. Sometimes they need to be put in their place. My son played for Neshaminy for 3 years and has learned some very valuable life lessons from Coach. Please don't confuse how one acts in a classroom with how one coaches a football team. It's apples and oranges.


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