Officials with a San Antonio school district say two football players accused of ramming into a referee during a high school game allege the referee directed racial slurs at them. An assistant football coach accused of suggesting the students retaliate against the referee has been placed on leave. The school district announced that it is treating the incident as an assault on a school official, an offense that could lead to expulsion. The incident was captured on video. In the video the two suspended defensive backs are seen hitting the ref from behind and spearing him with a helmet. The referee, who was watching the play from behind the defensive line, is seen getting leveled from behind by a first player, causing his head to snap back. The other player then is seen lowering his helmet and piling into him after he had fallen down.
The blame seems to be resting on the coach’s shoulders, but are the players old enough to know better? Should the players be charged with assault and expelled?