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Video Shows Middle School Coach Choking Student

A former middle school coach faces charges after allegedly choking a 14-year-old student with a shirt, as caught on surveillance video footage, ABC News reports.

The incident involving the “trusted coach” and teenager took place at Ypsilanti Middle School on June 4, according to Jordan Vahdat, the family’s attorney. Ypsilanti Community Schools confirmed that the coach was no longer employed by the district.

“Our district is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for all students,” said Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Alena Zachery-Ross said in a statement obtained by ABC News. “The actions of the employee are absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our district.”

“We will continue to implement and enforce policies that protect our students and ensure their well-being,” her statement continued.

Footage of the incident showed the employee approach the student, whose family identified him as Michael Moon, while the teen was walking down the hallway. The employee then raised a shirt over the head of the student, who appeared to struggle to get loose before breaking free and walking away fewer than 20 seconds after being approached.

The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that it authorized charges for assault with intent to do great bodily harm by strangulation and assault and battery against the former employee. No additional details were released in relation to the case.

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