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Fairfax Co. high school fires 3 coaches for alleged hazing incident

A parent reported that a student was singled out by coaches and was injured while running through a "gauntlet/tunnel," at West Potomac High School.

WASHINGTON — A letter was sent to parents on Friday from the principal of West Potomac High School informing them that the head varsity soccer coach had been fired following an alleged hazing incident. 

Three coaches total, including the head varsity soccer coach, Ahmad Sasso,  were fired after the leadership of the high school learned about the incident.

A parent reported that an unidentified student was singled out by coaches and was injured while running through a "gauntlet/tunnel," according to the letter. WUSA9 does not yet know details pertaining to the injuries the student experienced.

The principal further acknowledged that they met with the soccer team to discuss the situation that occurred to "hear their concerns, answer questions and clarify how we will move forward from here, as a team and as a soccer family."

The principal stated that the school is working with the assistant coaches to have a seamless transition and to finish the season strong.

A spokesperson from Fairfax County Public Schools stated: 

"FCPS does not tolerate this kind of treatment of our students. As soon as the principal was aware, the appropriate action was taken.”

FCPS declined to answer any follow-up questions, but in a letter sent out to the community, they addressed the new leadership that will coach the team. 

"Coach Simond Kargbo and Coach Matthew Zielezienski have both agreed to continue to coach our teams moving forward," the letter said. "Kyle Morrisey who is a member of the West Potomac Faculty and veteran FCPS coach have also agreed to help support Coach Kargbo during the Varsity Games. We are thankful that these coaches are willing to step up and support our players. We are looking forward to a positive end to the season."

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