By April Amadon
A gathered crowd erupted into applause as Thomas Baia and William Atlas walked out the back door of Baia’s home with their families Wednesday morning.
During a noontime press conference the two coaches who have been cleared of charges in connection with an alleged hazing case were joined by dozens of community members and friends, who stood behind a gaggle of reporters holding signs declaring their support for the coaches.
“Never would I knowingly allow a student to be physically abusive to another student,” Baia told the crowd. “I have dedicated my adult life to being the very opposite of what these charges say.”
As Atlas spoke about his job as a coach and physical education teacher, he became choked up, pausing for a moment to collect himself.
“I have worked hard for 11 years to get the perfect job … being a positive influence on children,” he said. “Because of the accusations, this joy was ripped from my life instantly.” Full story.