A school district in Texas placed a high school soccer coach on paid administrative leave after a photo surfaced that showed his team flipping the bird.
The photo shows Coach Marco Duran standing behind the girl's varsity soccer players with his arms raised.
Duran, who is listed as an American sign language teacher on the district's website, is catching a lot of heat from Rockwall ISD and outraged parents for allowing the behavior. Rockwall is a suburb of Dallas.
The picture recently surfaced on social media and it didn't take long to end up in the lap of school officials.
What was the district's response?
“Rockwall ISD and our athletic program have a high standard of good character and sportsmanship for our student-athletes. The actions of the students and coach in the photo are disturbing and do not reflect the culture or belief in excellence for Rockwall-Heath High School or the girls varsity soccer team. We became aware of the photo on Monday and took swift action. Appropriate action has been taken in response to the student involvement and the coach is currently on administrative leave," the district said in a statement, KDFW reported.
What does the coach say?
According to KDFW-TV, the coach denied requests to comment, but his supporters told the outlet that he didn't realize what the girls were doing at the time the photo was taken.
What happened to the students?
KTVT-TV reported that the student-athletes were disciplined. However, the district didn't comment on the disciplinary action taken against the students.