DESOTO, FL (NBC) - A high school basketball player could face criminal charges after throwing a referee to the ground.
The incident occurred during a game between Florida's Port Charlotte and DeSoto high schools.
"This is very disappointing. It's unacceptable," DeSoto school superintendent Adrian Cline said. "I've been a superintendent for a number of years, and a principal for years before that, and this is the first time I've been confronted with a student attacking an official."
In a video posted on YouTube, DeSoto player, Mason Holland, is seen reacting heatedly following a call made by the referee.
As the situation escalated, the referee quickly ejected Holland from the game. That's when he charged the referee, slamming him to the court.
"It reflects in a negative way - on the school, the school district, the country and that's why we take it extremely seriously," Cline said.
School board officials say Holland has been suspended from school and could face criminal charges.
The Florida High School Athletic Association said it plans on administering its own punishment. The FHSAA is still investigating the situation and could not comment on any possible punishments.
The state attorney's office has become involved, and school officials will find out in the coming days if Holland faces criminal charges.
Cline said the school district will review its policies to see what changes need to be made to prevent this from happening again.
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