School district investigates Grady HS football team - CBS46 News

School district investigates Grady HS football team

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The superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools announced Monday that the district is investigating the Grady High School football team for allegedly forging residency requirements.

The district is also looking into whether the school recruited players, which is a violation of the Georgia High School Association's policy.

"We are taking swift and appropriate action to protect the integrity of our academic as well as athletic programs," said Superintendent Erroll Davis.

Davis said an anonymous complaint came into the district. It alleges up to a third, or about 20 football players, lied about their addresses so they could attend the school and play on the team.

"Sometimes the people live out of the district and they want to go to a school that's better where they can get a better education," said Phoebe Mason, a student at Grady.

Davis said that forging a sworn affidavit of residency is illegal and could lead to criminal charges.

"Parents have an ethical obligation to provide accurate addresses to the district and to set an appropriate ethical example to their children," said Davis.

The district has reassigned head coach Ronnie Millen, pending the outcome of the investigation. Davis said Millen has been with the district since 1989 and served as head coach since 2001.

Some parents told CBS Atlanta that those who are not eligible to attend Grady should not be allowed.

"If they didn't go through the normal rates that people take, then that's not fair for everyone else," said Julia Bond. "That's definitely not fair."

Davis said if the investigation confirms wrongdoing, the team's 8-3 season record could be thrown out and team members could be ineligible to play next year.

The Fulton County district attorney's office told CBS Atlanta that it only learned of the investigation on Monday and would meet with the superintendent to get more information.

"If they used a false address, they shouldn't be here," said student Anders Russell. "They shouldn't go to our school."

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