By Talia Kaplan
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KSDK) - A high school soccer coach is caught looking at his phone while driving by a student riding in his car.
The Granite City High School student was just one of a few players riding with the coach to a match. Parents saw the photo and are now worried for their children's safety.
The parents contacted NewsChannel 5 by email. They also got in touch with the Granite City superintendent, who says distracted driving will not be tolerated. In fact, it's outlined in the extracurricular hand book. It does not specifically address a distracted driving policy however; it does say employees must provide safe environments for students at all times.
Parents point out a photo shows the head soccer coach and guidance counselor looking at twitter on his phone while driving about 70 miles per hour. Illinois State Police say this is illegal.
Superintendent Jim Greenwald found out about this on Friday and took immediate action. He could not elaborate because this is a personnel issue, but says the coach is still on the job. He has not been terminated or suspended. He believes the incident was a onetime occurrence and says the coach admitted to the distracted driving and apologized.
"I think this was a onetime only case in which he was wrong, we brought it to his attention that he was wrong, he knows that he was wrong and it will not happen again," said Superintendent Jim Greenwald.
The coach declined to comment.