Coaches suspended after fight at Raleigh-Egypt

It was the smack heard around the campus of Raleigh-Egypt High School.
It was the smack heard around the campus of Raleigh-Egypt High School.

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - It was the smack heard around the campus of Raleigh-Egypt High School.

According to school officials, last week the school's head track coach and an assistant basketball coach got into a disagreement that escalated into an argument.  The argument ended with the track coach allegedly slapping the assistant basketball coach in the face.

"Coach Halley smacked Coach Olswing first," said one student, who asked not to be identified.  

At the time of the argument, according to students, the coaches were in the gym. Raleigh-Egypt was in the middle of Gateway testing, and the students who finished early filtered into the gym to wait on the rest.

"It was plenty of kids in the gym," ninth-grade student Valencia Porter said.

Some estimated dozens of students witnessed the slap.  A Memphis City Schools spokesperson confirmed the coaches' spat, but little else, saying "both individuals have been suspended. There is no further comment at this time."

"If they don't want kids fighting each other in school, they shouldn't do things like that to each other," Poerter said.

MCS officials declined to specify the length of the suspensions and whether the coaches are being paid while suspended.

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