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Video: Listen to the poem that got a Rittman football player kicked off team

By Staff and wire reports Published: October 25, 2013

RITTMAN: A high school football player says he was kicked off the team and suspended from school after he wrote a poem for English class critical of his team.

WJW-TV reports that 16-year-old Nick Andre was punished after reading the poem in class. The assignment was to write about something that made him angry, and he took out his frustration on the 1-7 Rittman High School gridiron team.

The principal of the school southwest of Akron said the teen “wrote a mean and disrespectful poem about another student and our athletic director/head coach.” The principal called it “harassment.”

Andre thinks he had a right to express himself. But he was suspended from school for four days and removed from the team for its final two games.

Below is the poem from WJW. Should Andre have been suspended? Let us know in the comments.

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