Assistant Mike Kitchen fired by Panthers after report he kicked player

Assistant coach Mike Kitchen will not return to the Florida Panthers next season among a series of staffing changes announced Tuesday.

TSN reported Kitchen kicked a Panthers player on the bench during a game in January and the team held an internal investigation. A team spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an email seeking confirmation.

Kitchen oped out of coaching in the NHL’s post-season for personal reasons, saying in July: “It was a difficult decision to say the least but the right decision for me and my family.” The 64-year-old rejoined coach Joel Quenneville behind the bench this season for the first time since 2016-17, and the two won the Stanley Cup together twice with Chicago.

TSN reported Quenneville and former general manager Dale Tallon were notified of the incident after the game. The team did not renew Tallon’s contract and last month hired Bill Zito as its new GM.

Beyond Kitchen’s departure, longtime NHL executives Rick Dudley and Paul Fenton were named senior advisers to the GM, and recently retired player Gregory Campbell is the new vice-president of player personnel and development after four years in player development with Columbus. Blake Geoffrion was named assistant to the GM, and P.J. Fenton has joined the scouting staff.

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Assistant coach Mike Kitchen won’t return to Florida Panthers amid report he kicked player

SUNRISE, Fla. — Assistant coach Mike Kitchen will not return to the Florida Panthers next season among a series of staffing changes announced Tuesday.

Canada’s TSN reported Kitchen kicked a Panthers player on the bench during a game in January, and the team held an internal investigation. A team spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an email seeking confirmation.

Kitchen opted out of coaching in the NHL’s postseason for personal reasons, saying in July: “It was a difficult decision to say the least but the right decision for me and my family.” The 64-year-old rejoined coach Joel Quenneville behind the bench this season for the first time since 2016-17, and the two won the Stanley Cup together twice with Chicago.

TSN reported Quenneville and former general manager Dale Tallon were notified of the incident after the game. The team did not renew Tallon’s contract and last month hired Bill Zito as its new GM.

Beyond Kitchen’s departure, longtime NHL executives Rick Dudley and Paul Fenton were named senior advisers to the GM, and recently retired player Gregory Campbell is the new vice president of player personnel and development after four years in player development with Columbus. Blake Geoffrion was named assistant to the GM, and P.J. Fenton has joined the scouting staff.

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Kitchen not back with Panthers amid report he kicked player

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Assistant coach Mike Kitchen will not return to the Florida Panthers next season among a series of staffing changes announced Tuesday.

Canada’s TSN reported Kitchen kicked a Panthers player on the bench during a game in January and the team held an internal investigation. A team spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an email seeking confirmation.

Kitchen oped out of coaching in the NHL’s postseason for personal reasons, saying in July: ”It was a difficult decision to say the least but the right decision for me and my family.” The 64-year-old rejoined coach Joel Quenneville behind the bench this season for the first time since 2016-17, and the two won the Stanley Cup together twice with Chicago.

TSN reported Quenneville and former general manager Dale Tallon were notified of the incident after the game. The team did not renew Tallon’s contract and last month hired Bill Zito as its new GM.

Beyond Kitchen’s departure, longtime NHL executives Rick Dudley and Paul Fenton were named senior advisers to the GM, and recently retired player Gregory Campbell is the new vice president of player personnel and development after four years in player development with Columbus. Blake Geoffrion was named assistant to the GM, and P.J. Fenton has joined the scouting staff.

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YouTube pranksters draw large maskless crowd, get kicked out of ‘Jersey Shore’ house in Seaside Heights

Every Monday night, the Nelk Boys post a new video, sharing their latest exploits with their 5.7 million followers on YouTube.

These video usually involve some kind of stunt, prank and merchandise “drop.” Their appearances have been known to draw crowds, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now they’ve brought their frat act to the Jersey Shore.

After the YouTube personalities teased they would be at the Shore Monday — staying in Seaside Heights at the “Jersey Shore” house made popular by the MTV reality show — fans showed up en masse, forming a maskless crowd.

The Nelk Boys shared clips from their Shore trip on Instagram and Twitter — in one, they spray some celebratory bubbly in front of the house’s famous Italian flag-painted garage — as locals posted video of the scene on social media. Police were on hand for crowd control, and the gathering outside the Shore house seemed to grow larger as the night wore on.

Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd told the Asbury Park Press that officers were performing “crowd control” and as of 8:30 p.m. the situation remained peaceful and under control. Boyd estimated the crowd had grown to a “couple thousand.”

Later Monday, videos on social media showed rowdier crowds.

Caution: social media posts below contain profanity.

Danny Merk, known to “Jersey Shore” fans as the employer of the cast at the Shore Store, appeared to kick the Nelk Boys out of the Shore house.

“Get your sh-t and get outta here, guys,” Merk, the landlord, told them in one video, filmed inside the house at 1209 Boardwalk. “It’s time to go.”

“Danny let them stay!!!” said “Jersey Shore” star Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio in a comment on the Instagram video.

“Hope you didn’t leave my room a mess!!!” said his co-star, Vinny Guadagnino.

The Nelk Boys, who hail from Canada, are Gen Zers Jesse Sebastiani, Kyle Forgeard and Steve Deleonardis. The trio, who lived in Los Angeles before they set off on travels across the country, are known for their visits to college campuses.

Last week, YouTube temporarily “demonetized” them after they allegedly threw parties at Illinois State University, creating a “public health risk,” BuzzFeed reported. Video they shared on Instagram showed students at on-campus parties not wearing masks or social distancing.

The Nelk Boys previously pulled a stunt in which they protested COVID-19 restrictions in Los Angeles, leading a crowd in an “open the gyms” chant.

Their latest video, posted two hours ago, claims nearly half a million views on YouTube. The installment is a compilation of various trips and pranks that starts at the Shore house and documents them getting kicked out of the parking lot of a Trump rally a few days ago.

The Nelk Boys and their Nelk associates use their appearances to hawk their Full Send merchandise, which includes a variety of basketball and baseball jerseys and hoodies.

They provide updates along the way for their 3.6 million Instagram followers and 381,000 Twitter followers.

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Woman claims her son was kicked out of EPIC school for taking too many bathroom breaks

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A parent of a student at EPIC Stonegate says her son was kicked out of school for going to the bathroom too many times during the first day of school. 

Jaqui Hagerman says her son Austin has Cerebral Palsy, and had to have spine surgery over the summer, so right now he’s in a wheelchair. 

Jaqui says after his first day at EPIC Stonegate she got an email from Austin’s teacher asking for a meeting the next morning.  

“I was blindsided,” Jaqui told News 4. “I walked into a meeting and was told immediately that my son went to the bathroom six times yesterday.”

Jacqui says she was told the school couldn’t accommodate Austin’s physical needs, so he was being dismissed from the school. 

A school administrator later emailed Jacqui saying, “dismissing isn’t what is proposed,” but she says it was very clear what was happening in the meeting.  

“There was no misunderstanding. It was just me, a principal, and a teacher in there,” Jacqui said. “She sat down and just said, ‘he cannot go here anymore. We cannot accommodate for his physical disabilities.’”

News 4 did reach out to EPIC, and we were sent the following statement…

Because of federal student privacy laws, a school cannot publicly comment on a particular student matter. We can say that we have not dismissed any students, nor would we, and we comply with students’ special education Individualized Education Plans per federal law. We are committed to working with and ensuring our parents who have students with special needs are pleased with our services. 

Shelly Hickman, M.Ed. Assistant Superintendent, Communications, Epic Charter School

Jacqui says if what EPIC was claiming was true, Austin would still be in school, a place he wants to be.  

“He started telling me that he was willing to not use his wheelchair, and use his walker, if they didn’t like his wheelchair,” Jacqui said. “He was seeing it as he was the problem.”

Jacqui says EPIC called her Thursday morning, 30 minutes after News 4 reached out to the school, offering to make any accommodations necessary for Austin. 

She says right now they are looking into other school, and she has filed an official complaint with the Office for Civil Rights.

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