Andover High Students Protest Firing Of Hockey Coach

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(Karyn Regal/WBZ NewsRadio)

ANDOVER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Hockey players at Andover High School have been protesting the firing of their coach, Chris Kuchar.

About 200 students staged a walkout on Tuesday. Four of them are being punished for crossing the street and leaving school property, according to The Eagle Tribune.

An Andover Public Schools spokesperson said only that the students had a right to voice their concerns.

Wednesday morning, the team met with Principal Philip Conrad. Students who attended the meeting told WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal they didn't get much in the way of direct answers about Kuchar's firing, with Conrad saying that was due to legal reasons.

Conrad did reportedly say that Kuchar's contract was not renewed because he did not meet some "pillars of coaching."

In front of the school, a rock that Andover High seniors typically paint with messages of school spirit read "Free Kuch." There were many signs in the area reading "respect our coaches."

Kuchar, who found out on Monday that his contract was being cancelled, said the issue was petty politics.

Back in 2016, the Andover School Superintendent had complained to the principal that Kuchar had mistreated his son, who was part of the hockey program at the time.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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