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Varsity Football Player Booted, Suspended for Poem

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RITTMAN, Ohio -- An Ohio high school football player is booted from the team and suspended from school for delivering a controversial academic assignment.

Rittman High junior Nick Andre was a member of the varsity football team until last week, when he performed a poem for his composition class. The class was assigned to write a poem about something they were passionate about.

According to Andre, he recited one on the frustrations of his team's losing season. It is entitled "Stupid."

The poem's message came off as an attack. Andre describes a quarterback and receiver who are "best friends" and refers to "the inability to separate being a father and a coach."  The player he's alleged to be talking about is the son of the head coach.

The focus of the poem became apparent in the last line of the poem - AKRON'S SCREWED! The player Andre is allegedly referring to has committed to play college football at Akron.

Rittman principal Brett Lanz says in a statement, "[The student] wrote a mean and disrespectful poem about another student and our athletic director/head coach. [It was] hazing, harassment."

Andre's poem:
    Losing season,
    Non stop passes from best friend to best friend.
    Continuously doing what doesn't work,
    The inability to separate being a father and a coach.
    Dropped passes,
    But yet still the "super star",
    Yeah right.
    Where's my scholarship?
    I can drop passes,
    Run backwards,
    Miss tackles,
    And be afraid to take a hit.
    That's top line div. 1 material right there.
    If that's what they wanted,
    They definitely got it.
    This whole town will be glad when he is gone.
    For anyone who doesn't understand what I am saying?

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