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Michigan middle school coach caught on video allegedly choking student in hallway

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A middle school coach in Ypsilanti, Michigan, was caught on surveillance video choking a student in a school hallway following an argument over a disciplinary issue, and now his family is demanding an explanation.

FOX 2 in Detroit The student’s mother, Yolanda Ellis, whose name has not been released, was reportedly outraged by what school officials did to her son.

“I’m outraged by the fact that someone would get behind a 14-year-old and try to choke him,” she told the station.

Video of last week’s incident shows Ellis’ son being attacked by his former coach inside Ypsilanti Middle School.

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A middle school coach in Ypsilanti, Michigan, was caught on video choking a student with his shirt in a school hallway. (FOX 2 Detroit)

Ellis said her son and the coach had argued over discipline issues but that it should never have escalated into physical violence.

Ellis said even though a physical confrontation occurred, another teacher was nearby and did not rush over to calm the situation.

Video of the incident shows the unidentified coach running up behind the student as he walks toward the door. The coach then pulls the shirt over the student’s head and around his neck.

The coach and student struggled as the student tried to escape, and the coach eventually let up.

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A middle school coach (center) is seen on video allegedly choking a student with his shirt in a school hallway. (FOX 2 Detroit)

Just before walking away, a student can be seen yelling at the coach.

Jordan Vahdat, an attorney representing the student, told the station that the family intends to serve notice of lawsuit on the school and hold them accountable for what happened to their son, but said the family also wants to meet with school district officials.

“In that video, someone else should have stepped in and stopped the assault. I don’t see that happening,” Vadat said. “Number one, it’s accountability and the school needs to do something to make it right. They were traumatizing. He needs to get over that… He should be looking forward to the summer.”

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Following the incident, the student’s family filed a complaint with the police. (iStock)

In a letter sent to parents, the district’s superintendent, Dr. Alena Zachary Ross, said she wanted to reassure parents that the district is treating the matter with the “utmost seriousness.”

She said the district contacted social services as soon as it learned of the incident and began working with law enforcement.

“This type of behavior is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our district,” Zachary Ross said. “The employee has been immediately suspended from employment with the district and will be barred from being on school property or attending school events.”

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The student’s family has filed a police report, and the coach has not yet been charged in the incident.

Ypsilanti Community Schools and the Ypsilanti Police Department did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.