High School Coach Resigns After Being Assaulted By Student

A local high school coach was assaulted by a student inside a classroom Monday.  The student is now facing criminal charges.  The coach later resigned.

Around 10:30am Monday, Michael Harper, the Associate Head Coach of the Smithfield Selma High School football team was walking down a hallway at the school when a teacher in the Alternative Learning Center, commonly called In School Suspension, reportedly asked Harper to step into the classroom to help deal with an unruly student.

When Harper entered the classroom, he was reportedly assaulted by 19 year-old Jamal Moody of Princeton.  Harper continued to be assaulted until a school resource officer was summoned to the room and detained Moody.  After placing Moody in handcuffs he allegedly threatened to kill the resource officer.

Moody was charged with assault on a school employee. He was released on a $1,000 bond.

Johnston County Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said the incident was captured on a student’s cell phone camera. Authorities would not release the cell phone video.  Caldwell said additional charges against Moody have not been ruled out.

Coach Harper sustained minor injuries during the assault.  He resigned hours after the incident.

WTSB News reached out to Johnston County School officials on Tuesday with several questions about the incident. Wednesday morning, Crystal Roberts, Chief of Communication and Engagement for Johnston County Schools, issued a short statement saying, “Because this involves student discipline and personnel, we cannot share information about this.  But I can confirm that Mr. Harper has resigned.”

Officials would not say what prompted Coach Harper’s resignation even though he was the alleged victim of the assault.