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Coach’s clash with student prompts review of school search policy

October 9, 2011 |  2:09 pm

A physical clash between a John Muir High School student and the school’s football coach has prompted Pasadena Unified School District officials to review policies on searching students and their property for weapons and other contraband.

Coach Ken Howard has been placed on administrative leave pending investigation of the Sept. 28 incident, and the 15-year-old student has not returned to campus.

Different versions of events emerge from interviews with the boy and an attorney for Howard.

The incident appears to have started with an attempt by school officials to search a group of students for a knife. Before it was over, the student had suffered scratches and bruises on his neck, according to the boy and his mother, the Pasadena Sun reported.

Pasadena police initially cited the student on suspicion of assault but have since withdrawn the charge pending further investigation, Pasadena Police Cmdr. John Perez said. Howard was interviewed but not cited.

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--Joe Piasecki and Ana Facio-Krajcer, Times Community News

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