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Davidson coach on leave, days after lawsuit filed alleging he "encouraged" hazing

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Davidson High School's Head Football Coach Fred Riley would normally be on the field with his team this time of year. Instead, he's on paid administrative leave.

The Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS) took that action just days after a lawsuit was filed against him in federal court, accusing him of encouraging physical attacks on players and others.

Parents who filed that suit said the administrative action by MCPSS against Riley is a step in the right direction, but they want to see more action taken. 

"We are pushing for him to be fired, and for an arrest to be made," said Mary Kim, whose son was attacked several months ago by other Davidson football players, breaking his arm. 

Kim claimed the attack was football team hazing. 

In the lawsuit she filed, with two other moms of alleged hazing victims, on Friday in federal court, Kim alleged Riley "permitted, encouraged, and allowed hazing to flourish in the locker room."

"We have evidence for Fred Riley to be fired, he is aware, he was aware, of what was going on, he encouraged this culture," said Kim. 

Kim said she plans to meet with detectives on Thursday, August 9, to present that evidence to them. 

So far, nine Davidson students have been charged in connection to the attacks, and six of them have pleaded guilty.

However, some parents told FOX10 News they don't think Coach Riley should lose his job over the actions of teenagers. 

While none of the parents who called FOX10 News on Thursday supporting the coach were available for an interview, FOX10 News did receive several comments on the FOX10 Facebook page. 

Heather wrote, "bring the coach back!!"

And, Stella wrote, "I will never believe that this coach, or any coach, would ever condone these actions."

It's still unclear if Riley is being put on leave as a direct result of the hazing allegations, because the school system said it cannot comment further about personnel matters. 

The school system also said it's not sure yet who will be the new interim head coach. 

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