KATY – A star quarterback for Katy High School, who made headlines last year for being caught on camera using a racial slur, is once again off the football team. Now, he is suing Katy ISD to be reinstated.
“My mind and my heart is focused on playing the game that I love and getting a good education while I’m doing it,” said Branson McClelland, reading from prepared remarks during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
The 19-year-old student was suspended in September after a Katy ISD police and a K-9 found a substance they believed to be marijuana in Bronson’s vehicle during a search of the Katy H.S. parking lot.
McClelland was ordered to spent 45 days in an alternative school, during which time he was not allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities.
But in a letter dated September 28, less than two weeks after the incident, the Katy ISD superintendent Dr. Ken Gregorski appeared to clear McClelland of any wrongdoing.
He wrote: “The district did not test the substance to determine whether the requisite amount of T-H-C was present that would have indicated the substance was in fact marijuana as prescribed by Texas Law.”
The letter also reveals Bronson’s brother admitted the substance, now believed to be hemp, belonged to him.
As a result, Gregorski wrote in the letter: “I have determined that Bronson did not intend to possess the substance on campus. The discipline... is overturned and no disciplinary matters are pending.”