Mother wants to know why footballers were allowed to play

HERTFORD, N.C. (WAVY) – Two North Carolina high school football players and their coach are suspended. This all stems from an attack a few months ago.

Perquimans County High School football players Trevon Coleman and Raheim Kee were suspended after school officials found out they were convicted of assault. The incident happened in April on Edenton Road Street after a house party. The players were convicted in July just before football practice started.

“I was aware they were playing all along,” said the mother of the victims.

The mother called 10 On Your Side because she wanted everyone to know the pain her daughters are having to relive over and over.

“It is a slap in the face,” she added.

Her daughters and their boyfriends were at party in Hertford. She says she was on the way to pick them up, but by the time she got there, the chaos already took place.

“I think one of the twins just came up screaming and crying and said ‘they jumped us, they jumped us,’” she said.

According to the police report, as the sisters and boyfriends were leaving they were pulled out their car. That when a large group surrounded them and kicked, punched and stomped on them. Four of the suspects were arrested and convicted for the assault, including Coleman and Kee.

Just weeks later, they were both on the football field. Coleman was even playing with an electronic monitoring bracelet on his ankle as part of his probation.

School officials say they just found out about the players charges. They immediately suspended them indefinitely and suspended football coach Elvin James, who did know about the incident in April, but allowed to players to suit up.

“These young men shouldn’t be allowed to represent Perquimans County, knowing they were convicted of assault,” the mother added. “That’s a reward in my book, and you don’t need to be rewarded for bad behavior.”

School officials say they just found out about the players charges. They immediately suspended them indefinitely and suspended football coach Elvin James, who did know about the incident in April, but allowed to players to suit up.

“That’s where I get into the whole frustration end of things,” she said. “Where is the accountability? The coach said he is giving these boys a second chance? How do you deserve a second chance?”

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