Students lined up outside Belton High School Friday morning in protest.
They say the school district forced football coach Al Maxwell to resign because he did not report two students he found smoking marijuana.
The Belton Independent School District says Coach Maxwell has not been fired or forced to resign.
Instead, the district says he is on paid administrative leave while an unspecified matter is investigated.
The district spokesperson also says no outside agency is investigating Coach Maxwell, which the Belton Police Department has confirmed.
As for the protest, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Robert Muller released this statement:
“Our expectation is that students are in class for instruction and learning. The vast majority of students have been in class and the campus is calm and orderly. Campus administrators will handle individual student attendance issues for the students who weren’t in class.”
According to the school’s athletics website, Maxwell is still listed as the coach of the freshman team and the linebackers.
It also says he graduated from Belton High School in 2000, where he was a 2 Time All-District, District MVP, Super Cen-Tex MVP, and All-State football player.