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Portland teacher arrested, fired as coach

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PORTLAND, TN (WSMV) -

Portland High School's assistant football coach is facing an assault charge after an incident at school Thursday involving a football player.

The coach, George Coley, was angry that eight football players were in the coaches' offices Thursday, according to a Portland police report.

The report said as they attempted to explain that they had been invited there by the head coach, witnesses said Coley shoved one of the players, a senior, back onto a table.

When the player got up, Coley grabbed him with one hand around his throat and held him for a few seconds before letting him go.

The incident didn't come as a surprise to some of the students and parents attending a Friday night high school football game in Gallatin.

"A few of our football kids have quit, specifically because of him," said Maegan Hunter, a junior who dates a player on the Portland team.

"One of the players who recently just quit, he had to leave practice early to go to work and Coach Coley just didn't like that and he pretty much just broke his equipment in a fit of rage," she said.

That incident was also verified by a team parent.

Another Portland High junior, Mikalah Crafton, said she though Coley should be fired.

"It does set a bad example. And he's supposed to a role model, especially as a football coach," Crafton said.

It's not clear how long Coley has been working for Sumner County schools. According to school documents, he teaches history and is one of the system's highest-paid teachers.

Coley has been suspended without pay from his teaching job and fired from coaching, according to Sumner County school officials.

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