After restraining a student with a loaded gun and defending himself, a Georgia high school coach was suspended.
“I don’t feel like I did anything wrong,” Tri-Cities High School coach Kenneth Miller said, according to News 19. “I only adhered to what Fulton County School Board Policy says you’re allowed to do.”
The school’s principal called him to her office about reports of students on campus with guns, On Aug. 20, Miller said.
“During that process, we located guns. We saved lives,” Miller told Fox 5.
While in the presence of police officers, Miller confronted one female student. At the confrontation, Miller and the officers were unaware the student, who was described as belligerent and aggressive by eyewitnesses, had a gun.
News 19 reported when the student hit Miller with a stapler, the situation escalated. Miller restrained the girl until officers stepped in and took her into custody.
News 19 reported that the school district later reversed the suspension, which lasted months after Miller was initially fired.
“The district administration does not support Mr. Miller’s actions relating to this event and believes his conduct failed to meet the professional expectations it has for employees. Mr. Miller inappropriately intervened in a student matter being handled by school administrators and law enforcement. Mr. Miller acted outside of the scope of his authority and responsibilities,” Fulton County Schools said in a statement to Fox News Digital on Thursday.
“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. Mr. Miller has not exhausted his due process rights at this time and remains on full, paid administrative leave.”
School systems were called on by Miller’s lawyer to support teachers who “get put in terribly dangerous situations.”
“Those teachers are our first line of defense against guns and other types of terrible violence that happens in schools,” Miller’s lawyer said.