H.D. Woodson student walkout spurred by Greg Fuller's firing

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Several dozen H.D. Woodson High School students walked out of class Tuesday in protest of the firing of the school's football coach.

The protest was organized and carried out in response to the firing of head football coach Greg Fuller, who was terminated last week after it was discovered that the team used an ineligible player.

Students wore t-shirts to show their support during the walkout.

Woodson Quarterback Bobby Enoth said, "I don't think he should be punished for something that he didn't do. It wasn't his fault."

Fuller was fired because the school system says one of the team's players doesn't really live in D.C., making his involvement on the team illegal.

Those who support the coach ask how Fuller was supposed to know the student was ineligible to play since he was previously enrolled at Phelps High, another D.C. public school. Phelps has no football team, so the student was allowed to play at Woodson.

"How is he responsible for residency for an athlete that goes to another{ } school...," PTSA mom Sirraya Gant asked.

Parents and activists also met with the school system's athletic director Tuesday.

Denise Benn, whose son Arrelious Benn plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has an 11th grader at Woodson.

"That's his coach, that's his mentor, that's his motivating force right now," Denise said of her son Daniel's coach.

Woodson is one of the best teams in the city. Dozens of Woodson players have gone on to top colleges; some have made it to the NFL, like Josh Morgan of the Washington Redskins.

"He meant everything to me. He's part of the reason I started playing football," Morgan said. "Fuller was a great coach to a lot of people. He helped a lot of people's careers."