No Charges Against Coach in Student Confrontation

No Charges Against Coach in Student Confrontation

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) -- West Valley City police say they will not seek charges against a Granger High School coach who had a confrontation with students after his home was egged.

An 18-year-old student allegedly pushed against a locker in a school hallway Monday told police that he acted inappropriately when he was confronted by football coach Richard Grosh.

The incident resulted in a two-day suspension for as many as 10 students, some of them football players.

After the argument, the two walked outside where they calmed down and apologized to each other, police Capt. Steve Sandquist said.

The student did not want to press charges.

"He really understands why the coach did it, and he's really sorry that it happened," said Sandquist.

Monday's confrontation followed an incident early Sunday when Granger High students drove to the coach's Murray home after a prom and pelted the house with eggs.

One broke the bedroom window of Grosh's 4-year-old daughter, spraying the child with shards of glass, Grosh said.

"They should be ashamed of their actions," he said. "It's one thing to confront me at school. But it's another thing to bring it to my house, bring it to my family, bring it to my 4-year-old."

"Appropriate administrative actions have taken place according to district policy. The coach is taking, of his own volition, the rest of the week off," Granite School District spokesman Randy Ripplinger said.

Ripplinger said Grosh remains employed by the district, "and we hope he stays with us for a long time."

Eight students involved in the egg-throwing will be referred to the district for a "safe school review," Ripplinger said. They face disciplinary action and could be placed in an alternative education program.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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