Portland H.S. teacher arrested for assaulting student - WKRN News 2

Portland H.S. teacher arrested for assaulting student

Posted: Updated: Oct 12, 2012 05:20 PM
PORTLAND, Tenn. -

A teacher and football coach at Portland High School was taken into police custody on Friday afternoon for reportedly assaulting a student.

According to police, Michael Coley's arrest stemmed from an incident involving eight senior football players on Thursday.

The players were in head football coach Traye Aric's office discussing an upcoming game when the coach briefly left the room.

While Aric was out of his office, Coley walked into the room, which is an area that is typically off limits to players, and began yelling obscenities at the players and ordered them to leave.

The players attempted to explain to Coley they had permission to be in the office.

Coley is said to have shoved one of the students backwards on a table after he made a comment that is said to have upset the assistant coach.

As the student attempted to stand up, Coley grabbed him around the throat with one hand before releasing him a few seconds later.

After yelling additional obscenities, Coley left the room.

All of the students present during the assault have since been interviewed by police, in addition to Coley and the school's head football coach. 

Eric Moore's son is a senior football player for Portland High School. His son was not involved in the incident.

"Anytime an adult, especially a coach, puts his hands on a kid that is a bad situation," he said.

Moore's wife did not know about the arrest when she arrived in Gallatin to watch her son play against Gallatin High School.

"I am kind of shocked yes," she said. "I hadn't heard about it."

Sumner County School officials would not comment on the arrest. District spokesman Jeremy Johnson said Coley was suspended from his job as a coach and social studies teacher without pay.

He will remain suspended until the criminal investigation is complete.

As part of the investigation all of the students who witnessed the incident were interviewed as well as head football coach Aric.

Coley arrested after his interview with Portland police detectives. He was booked into the Sumner County jail on a $1,000 bond.

He is set to appear in court on October 24.

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