"Support Heise" shirts cause stir at Brookland-Cayce

Published: Mar. 18, 2017 at 2:49 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 18, 2017 at 9:32 AM EDT
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CAYCE, SC (WIS) - Some of the boys on Brookland-Cayce High School's boy's soccer team are making their feelings known.

"I wanted to wear the shirt, because I felt that, as a team, our coach was put in an unfair position," said sophomore Jordan McKim.

During school on Friday, McKim was one of many students who pledged their support for Coach Kevin Heise by wearing a t-shirt that read "I support Heise".

Coach Heise is on administrative leave after a passionate rant inside a classroom in February. Heise reportedly spoke out about student work ethic, grades, "real world issues," and issues involving the school's athletic director.

Some of his players don't believe the punishment fit the act, and that's where the shirts come in.

"Well, during third block, I was pulled out of class during my instructional time to have a sit-down meeting on why I should not wear the shirt - that it was causing an unfair disruption to other students," said McKim.

"We didn't cause any problems. We didn't say anything to anybody. They came up to us and told us we can't do it," added Patrick Taylor, a junior.

Lexington Two says no students were written up or suspended. An attorney for the district, Jake Moore, said the district asked the students not to wear the shirts in order to "keep the peace" and prevent conflict.

"I sure would like some peace," Moore told WIS.

But the players involved said they don't think the shirts are causing conflict or disturbing the peace.

"I feel like I shouldn't have had to change out of it. It's part of my freedom of speech. I was just wearing it to support my coach. I didn't do anything bad by it," Taylor said.

Two other players WIS talked to shared similar thoughts and feelings.

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