Friday night is the next game for D’arbonne Woods Charter School’s football team, and one person will be missing from the sidelines.
“The day I was fired I had 62 kids in this house”, says former head football Coach Chris Robinson
Many parents and students are still reeling from the firing of Coach “Rob.” They say they want what they want for their kids.
“In the past 4 years our football team has had three head coaches. Our football team is devastated by the loss of Coach Rob”, says Missy Greer.
The coach says its been an ongoing battle getting his team ready for the season, in the safest way possible.
“I stayed because I love those kids. The biggest concern was where we were playing wasn’t safe”, says Robinson.
He says he had to fight for uniforms, equipment and team meals before the games. He believes the final straw came when he went to talk to the athletic director after hearing some were spreading rumors about his family.
“Unfortunately I did report it I shouldn’t have reported it”, says Robinson.
School officials won’t comment on his termination.
“We cannot address anything to do with the reason why we’re here”, says Kim Neese, D’arbonne Woods school board president.
But parents say the solution is simple. They want to see the coach reinstated.
“He gave his heart and soul to those kids’, says Greer.
They say the kids lost their leader just as the season started.
“It’s detrimental don’t punish the kids like this”, says Coach Robinson.
During the meeting Coach Robinson gave the board permission to release his personnel file. School officials say there may be another public meeting where parents will get more answers.