A 14-year-old student said two high school football coaches trying to persuade him to improve his grades threatened to hang him, shoot him and tie him up.

The coaches were suspended with pay after the boy's mother filed a complaint with the sheriff's department and the justice of the peace, school board president Alton Adams said Thursday.Sheriff's officials said they were investigating the allegations against New Waverly High School's second-year coach Larry Spacek and assistant coach Steve Ramsey, in his first year.

School Superintendent Alvin Davis would only say Spacek and Ramsey were disciplined. Davis said the school board would consider the matter at its next meeting.