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Parents upset over football player suspensions

Harry Lewis said his son, Denzel Lewis, was one of 16 players removed from the Heide Trask High School football team after a skirmish that happened off school grounds last week. Harry Lewis said his son, Denzel Lewis, was one of 16 players removed from the Heide Trask High School football team after a skirmish that happened off school grounds last week.

ROCKY POINT, NC (WECT) – Parents are upset over the removal of several players from a local football team.

Harry Lewis said his son, Denzel Lewis, was one of 16 players removed from the Heide Trask High School football team after a skirmish that happened off school grounds last week.

Lewis said that last week two players fought after practice to settle an issue. He said other players were on-hand to watch the fight. 

Lewis said that once the school got word of the incident, the football coach, Glenn Sellers, removed all players involved in the situation from the team. Lewis said this group totaled 16 players and included his son, Denzel.

He thinks this punishment went too far.

"I'm not gonna call it a crime, but it was too severe," said Lewis. "One game, maybe two games for the guys that were fighting, that's fine, but to suspend 16 kids for the rest of the season." 

Lewis said the latest he has heard, which was from his son, is that the players who were kicked off of the team will be allowed to play with the team again on October 7.

He said he doesn't understand why the punishment only pertained to athletics, and not academics.

"If it was that severe, why weren't they suspended from school?" questioned Lewis.

Lewis has since spoken to Dr. Diggs, the principal at Heide Trask, and she told him the 16 suspended players would not be allowed to return to the team before October 7.

He says she told him the team needed the players back because after they got beat down by Wallace last Friday many players were injured, and now they're worried that that they won't even be able to find a team for Homecoming this Friday.  

Lewis is very upset. He says he doesn't even want his kid to play because the suspended players haven't even been allowed to practice and that will just lead to more injuries.  

He also says he doesn't like the way the team has been trying to jerk the players around either.

In addition, Lewis says his son told him that starters removed from the team would have to earn back their starting positions with the team.

School administrators have not responded to WECT's requests for comment on this story.

Return to this story for details as they emerge.

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