CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Surveillance footage obtained Wednesday by WMBF News shows a confrontation that reportedly took place at Conway High School last month between the head football coach and a student.
Coach Chuck Jordan, who also serves as an administrative assistant, was placed on paid administrative leave, and a student was also disciplined following the May 26 incident, Horry County Schools spokesperson Teal Britton previously said.
She added a substitute teacher was also disciplined.
Video of the incident shows Jordan appearing to place his hands on the student's shoulders and force him into a small hallway or alcove off of the main hallway, where the interaction starts.
Jordan, 60, was arrested June 8 and charged with third-degree assault and battery.
A warrant stated Jordan unlawfully and without just cause placed his hands on a person's neck and shoulder area.
Ka'Brian Javar Hickman, 17, was arrested the same day for disturbing schools after using profane language and kicking over a trash can in the gym.
Jordan's attorney, Tommy Brittain, said, by the letter of the law, what took place was not assault.
"In order to commit assault and battery in South Carolina, you have to touch illegally with an intention to do harm," Brittain, who had not yet seen the video before speaking to WMBF News, said. "And basically what I've heard about the scene that you're describing that you saw, there was no intention and nobody could infer any intention to do harm. And I don't think any harm was done."
The attorney went on to say his client was not the aggressor, as he was not causing any issues.
"The problems that were being caused, the statements that were being made, the rules that were being broken were being broken by this young man, and he reacted the way anyone in his situation would have reacted."
Brittain says his next step is to file a motion to have the Conway municipal court dismiss the case.