Parent accuses RCHS JV coach of hitting player during on-field f - WRBL

Parent accuses RCHS JV coach of hitting player during on-field fight

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

A Russell County High School Junior Varsity Coach is accused of hitting a Northside High player during an on-field altercation over the weekend.  George Garland Jr. appeared before a judge this afternoon in Columbus Recorder's Court.

In the courtroom, plenty of Russell County coaches, parents, and players showed up to support coach Garland.  Because the incident happened on Saturday, Garland  asked for more time to find an attorney.  Judge Mary Buckner granted his request. 

Parents and coaches, told News 3 in the heat of the game, a fight broke out between a few players and Russell County coaches stepped in to separate the students.

They say the Northside teen was hit by another teen, not coach garland.  Folks from RCHS say they're surprised and disappointed that it's gone this far and they're standing behind their coach and his reputation.

"He's a great man, a Christian man. Doesn't raise his voice.  I've never seen him raise his voice at a kid in practice.  This is just not his character.  He didn't do it. I'm a witness," said Russell County High School Assistant JV coach, Michael Long.

The Northside player's mother did not want to comment, but says she's going to wait until the rescheduled court date.  In the Columbus Police report, the player's mother claims Garland hit her son in the face while players from opposing teams were fighting.  Garland's next court date is set for April 8th at 2 p.m.

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