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Two teens charged in fight with Pasadena high school football coach

December 23, 2011 |  9:30 am

Two John Muir High School students involved in a Sept. 28 scuffle with football Coach Ken Howard are facing juvenile court charges for their roles in the incident.

Howard was charged by city prosecutors with misdemeanor assault in November and is awaiting arraignment.

Pasadena attorney Brian Claypool, who represents the teens and has threatened a civil rights lawsuit against the school district, denounced the charges against the boys.

“These kids are pawns in a politically motivated chess match. The criminal charges are being used to insulate [Pasadena Unified School District] against civil liability,” Claypool said.

Howard was suspended from Muir after his attempt to search student backpacks for suspected weapons degraded into violence.

A 15-year-old boy who tangled with Howard has been charged with “challenging to fight” by the juvenile division of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. He is due in juvenile court on Jan. 11 for a pretrial conference, Pasadena police Lt. Phlunte Riddle told the Pasadena Sun.

A second boy who attempted to intervene and became involved in a physical altercation with school-based probation officer Gary Johnson has been charged with “threatening a school official.” He will be in juvenile court on Jan. 6, Riddle said.

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---- Joe Piasecki, Times Community News

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