TUNICA, Miss. – A high school football coach and an assistant principal are under investigation after they duked it out in front of students during lunch time, and the incident was recorded and posted online.
School officials told News Channel 3 about 150 students witnessed the fight outside of the cafeteria at Rosa Fort High School Wednesday, when assistant principal and athletic director Trosiki Pettis got into it with Edwin Norwood, a teacher and football coach.
“A staff member said the two never really got along, but the cause of the fight is still” unknown, according to the news site.
The school district ignored the news site’s requests for comment, but a witness forwarded a video of the incident to the media. In the video appears to show the men locked up in a standing position, attempting to swing at each other, as resource officers worked to pull them apart. A very large group of students are seen in the outdoor foyer watching to scuffle, My Fox Memphis reports.
Officials with the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into the incident and were searching for Norwood, who left the campus shortly after the bout. Neither of the men were seriously injured and police have not issued warrants for criminal charges, sheriff’s officials told News Channel 3.
Tunica County Schools parent Princess Davis didn’t seem particularly surprised by the fight, She cited protests over a new principal, and a state investigation into mismanagement by the superintendent as evidence of the district’s dysfunctional history.
“The last couple of years everyone in charge has been rough,” Davis said.
Others, like student Nala Crumb, think Pettis and Norwood need to grow up.
“It’s very childish, petty, like who fights?” Crumb said. “You’re an adult, you’re supposed to be setting an example for the children, not acting like children.”
The incident is far from the first time teachers have gotten physical with each other at school.
In April, two teachers at Rex Hill Middle School in Georgia were arrested after fighting in front of students over a love interest, Aazah.com reports.
Teacher Shaka Cobb, 32, told authorities she got into a tussle with teacher Ebony Smith, 25, after she realized Smith sent a love letter to a man she was impregnated by who works at the school.
The two cursed at each other in front of students before coming to blows in an eighth-grade hallway, according to the news site.
Cobb apparently threatened to post the love letter on the blackboard for the whole school. Smith was charged with simple battery as the aggressor in the incident, while both faced charges of disorderly conduct.
Parents in that case called on school officials to terminate the teachers, but it’s unclear whether they did.
“Love triangles happen everywhere,” parent Robert Fisher told the news site. “But it shouldn’t happen at school. Not in front of the kids.”
“They should be terminated, to be honest with you,” parent Felicia Lyons said. “Kids get kicked out so they should be terminated.”