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Football coach put on administrative leave following incident at Conway High School

Chuck Jordan (Source: Conway High School website) Chuck Jordan (Source: Conway High School website)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – The head football coach at Conway High School is on administrative leave with pay following an incident at the school, according to district officials.

Officials with Conway High School and Horry County Schools are investigating after the school reported an incident on Friday that the district cannot currently define, said Teal Britton, HCS spokesperson.

Coach Chuck Jordan, who also serves as an administrative assistant, is on administrative leave, and a student has been disciplined, according to Britton.

She added a substitute teacher was also disciplined.

“We know something happened,” Britton said. “The three parties involved are removed from the setting pending the investigation.”

An HCS investigation would be independent of any police investigation that may or may not be happening, according to Britton.

On Wednesday, Conway Police Department released a statement, saying, "Conway Police Department was notified of an incident that occurred at Conway High School on May 26th, 2017. Currently the department is gathering information to determine what occurred. We are working with Horry County School District and Conway High as part of the investigation, which is still ongoing at this time.”

Sgt. Darren Alston, with CPD, told WMBF News that an additional officer was not sent to the school on Friday, as the SRO was already on site.

The substitute teacher involved in the Horry County Schools investigation is not on the regular sub list at this point. A district spokeswoman declined to name the sub, but said that person would not be used while the investigation is ongoing.

The spokeswoman also gave the indication that the student involved and Jordan both reserve the right to press charges in this incident. She said neither has, to the district’s knowledge. The student is suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

Jordan’s leave with pay does include being removed from coaching duties while the investigation is happening. Wednesday is the final day football teams are allowed to practice before July 28, according to the South Carolina High School League.

WMBF News reached out to Jordan Tuesday afternoon. He declined to give a statement. 

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