Middle school student accuses gym teacher of inappropriately touching her

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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. - A female student at Sugg Middle School in Bradenton has accused a male physical education coach of touching her breasts at school.

The alleged incident happened Tuesday during the 8th grade lunch hour at the school.

According to Steve Valley with Manatee County Schools, the student and her friend informed the school's assistant principal that the coach was asking about the girl's breast cancer shirt and "swiped" his hand on her chest.

The school notified the Executive Director of Middle Schools, and began investigating the claim by asking each of the girls for a written account of what happened, talking to both PE coaches, and asking other students what happened.

The parents of the girls and Child Protective Services were also notified.

Detectives with the Bradenton Police Department have also been notified and are conducting their own investigation.

The teacher has been reassigned to another department during the investigation.