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Former wrestling coach sues over firing

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A longtime Massachusetts high school wrestling coach fired last year after hazing reports has sued, contending that he was wrongfully terminated. The Brockton Enterprise reported that former Bridgewater-Raynham High coach Jeff Francis sued the school district earlier this month, alleging breach of contract and ‘‘negligent inflection of emotional distress.’’ Francis lost his job in January after 33 years, and four wrestlers were suspended for eight days, after school officials learned that older members of the team struck underperforming teammates with belts and brooms. Bridgewater police investigated but did not file charges. School Committee member Pat Riley has said that Francis was fired because he did not report the hazing in a timely manner. Francis said he reported it as soon as he learned about it. (AP)

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