Coach placed on leave after autistic soccer player duct-taped to goal post

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The coach of the varsity boys soccer team at a Pennsylvania High School has been placed on paid leave following an incident involving several players.

The mother of an autistic student at Highlands High School in Harrison Township said her son's soccer teammates duct-taped him to a goal post over the weekend.

Babinsack said her son was proud to be on the soccer team. That’s what’s so baffling about the phone call she got Sunday night.

Babinsack said a woman heard her son Austin's cries for help and then saw him duct-taped to the goal post. The woman called police.

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“He was bawling. He was terrified,” Kristie Babinsack said.

Despite Sunday’s incident, Austin attended his team’s soccer game Monday night. His mom said while there, members of the team called him a “snitch” and he decided to quit the team.

Babinsack said she’s worried what happened to her son is part of a troubling tradition at the school.

The district said it is aware of the incident and does not take matters such as hazing or bullying lightly. The district also said it issues strict disciplinary action on students who think those actions are appropriate or harmless.

Babinsack is pleased with the way the school district has handled the incident so far.

Police are investigating and deciding whether or not to file criminal charges.

Some Twitter users published posts in support of the accused boys.

Others expressed disappointment about the boys' alleged actions.