Supporters look to online petition to help suspended Brookland-Cayce soccer coach

Updated: Mar. 16, 2017 at 5:33 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A petition to reinstate Brookland-Cayce boys' soccer coach Kevin Heise is now circulating after the school mysteriously placed him on administrative leave.

The Change.org petition, which was started Wednesday night, already has almost 1,000 signatures and scores of responses from friends, family members, and even parents of students that attend the school.

Parents close to the situation say Heise was placed on administrative leave sometime around Feb. 9 following what was called a "passionate lecture" on tough love.

"He referenced 'thugs' and 'rednecks' in a way like, 'You know, if you don't apply yourselves, you can go down that road of becoming a thug.' And he talked about rednecks at parts, from what I understand," parent Ernie Peagler said.

Now Heise's supporters are looking to this petition as a way to show Lexington Two that Heise should keep his job.

"Kevin is not only my identical twin brother, but a MODEL for young Men/Women in the Cayce/West Columbia community as well as the Midlands and the state of S.C.," wrote Heise's brother, Kyle Heise.

"I'm signing because this man changed my career with his coaching and made me better as a person and a player," petitioner Wyatt Millard wrote.

"I'm signing because both of my kids play soccer and Coach Heise is one of the best coaches and role models that I have ever met," petitioner Kris Teeter wrote. "I am proud to say that we are part of the BC soccer program because it is an outstanding program thanks to all of the hard work and dedication that Kevin has put into it."

Brookland-Cayce Athletic Director Rusty Charpia said the situation has nothing do with him or coaching. He said it's simply about a classroom situation.

Heise has hired an attorney. We've reached out to her but hasn't heard back yet.

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