When a female student brought a gun to school in August 2021, students and staff thought their lives might be ending. However, a brave teacher went up to the student and restrained her before any harm could come to the innocent people at the school.
The incident began when former Coach Kenneth Miller received a video showing guns on Tri-Cities High School grounds and knew that it was up to him to take action before someone got hurt or killed.
Miller told Fox News that school officials had gotten wind that the student was “planning on doing something” while the school left the building to go outside for a pep rally.
That’s when the high school principal asked Miller to investigate the student in question and see whether or not she was armed and dangerous as suspected.
The teacher’s attorney, Allen Lightcap, said that Miller approached the student and was asking questions when she launched an attack. As the two fought, Miller got the upper hand and restrained the student. Shortly after their altercation, Miller found the gun that the student had brought to school.
An officer’s body camera caught footage of the fight. In the video, Miller approaches the student and gets smacked by the girl. He then pushed her up against a wall and held her there until police were able to intervene and take over the situation.
“Coach Miller is the reason all of metro Atlanta does not know the date of August 20, 2021,” Lightcap told McClatchy News in a statement. “That’s because he averted another tragic school shooting that day, and no one was hurt. Everyone went home safe.
Coach Miller is the reason these guns were found.”
Because Miller restrained a student, the Fulton County School District filed a termination charge against Miller. In a statement to McClatchy News, the school district said that Miller “failed to meet the professional expectations it has for employees.”
“Mr. Miller acted outside of the scope of his authority and responsibilities,” the statement read. “Mr. Miller’s conduct resulted in an escalation of a physical altercation with a student in crisis, which conflicts with district expectations to deescalate in these types of situations.”
Now, Miller’s attorney is arguing that his client had “the right to self-defense.”
“This is especially true when guns are involved,” Lightcap said in the statement. “Teachers should not be terminated or suspended when it’s clear they were defending themselves.”
District officials set up a termination hearing but “abruptly canceled by the District without Coach Miller’s consent” and changed their charge to suspension.
“Now that the district has changed its charge to a suspension mid-trial, Coach Miller no longer gets to call witnesses so that the truth can come out,” Lightcap said.
Do you think this high school teacher should lose his job for restraining a student who had a gun?