Making a student do laps for bullying is now grounds for termination at the Durham Middlefield Football league.
According to Fox News, Todd Kennedy ordered the boy to run laps because wanted kids on the team to know that bullying would not be tolerated.
Those who run the league asked Kennedy “why did you feel that you were qualified to handle this bullying incident?” He replied, “because I’m a father.”
Kennedy told WTNH that the alleged bully “did the laps without complaint” despite pleading his innocence.
The coach never got to tell the team what happened.
“They never heard from me, so now you’ve got these children that I’ve been coaching since August and all of a sudden their coach just disappears,” he said.
Three boys quit the team shortly after Kennedy was fired. One boy's mother, Shannon Riso told WTNH, “Bullying is okay—that’s the message I got.”
“That’s why my son is not going to play for them. I want him to be around better role models than that,” she added.