MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A dispute at a local high school soccer game is raising questions about gun rights on school property. A coach at Western Michigan Christian abruptly cancelled the game Thursday evening after a spectator was spotted openly carrying a gun.
30 minutes were left in the soccer game and the home team, Western Michigan Christian was down 2-0. However that's not why coach David Hulings conceded the game. It was because of something his assistant coach saw.
"What he thought was a gentlemen with a gun and asked me if he could do that and I said no, as far as I know you can't have a gun on school property," says Hulings.
The coaches asked the spectator to leave. "He wasn't happy when he left," says Hulings.
Five minutes later, the man returned.
"I turned around and saw the gentlemen come back and this time he had his holster showing with no gun in it," says Hulings. "At that point, I called the other coach and said we're calling the game; we forfeit. My fear was he was upset and came back and that something was going to happen."
Muskegon police were called to the scene and determined that both sides were following the law.
"The gentleman had the right to carry the weapon on the property and we had the right to ask him to leave," says Hulings.
School leaders from the opposing team, Hudsonville Freedom Christian support the decision of asking the man to leave.
In a statement the school said, "This incident is regrettable and we thank WMC coaches for their concern for the safety of all at the game."
WZZM 13 asked if Hulings would have made the same decision, if he knew then what he knows now.
"I think I would have made the same decision because the decision I made had nothing to do with his right to have a gun. I made the decision because we asked a frustrated fan to leave and he came back," says Hulings.
Hulings says he respects the man's Second Amendment right but would have appreciated more respect on school property and for the kids on the field.