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VIDEO: Coach in physical altercation with student, served with criminal summons

A Rowan County high school coach has been served a criminal summons following a physical altercation with a student Thursday, the Rowan County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

Lee Linville, assistant football coach and teacher at West Rowan High School, was served a criminal summons for simple assault after a video was taken that appears to show 42-year-old Linville fighting with a 15-year-old student.

According to officials, the student took his school issued laptop from the top of Linville's desk and attempted to leave the classroom. That's when Linville stood in front of the student, blocked the doorway, and told him to go back to his seat. The student then reportedly pushed Linville in the chest.

Linville picked the student up, pushed him into a metal cabinet, and threw him to the floor, according to the report. A student captured the incident on cell phone video. It appears that another student was attempting to hold Linville back.

The video was obtained by the Rowan County Sheriff's Office and after review, officials say it was determined that Linville should be charged with simple assault. They also say the student involved should be charged as a juvenile for disorderly conduct.

Criminal summons were served on Linville around 10:40 a.m. Friday. Paperwork was also turned in to initiate a juvenile referral for disorderly conduct on the 15-year-old.

But students at West Rowan High are supporting Linville.

“Everyone is pretty much standing behind Linville because they know the amazing guy that he is and how he cares for each and every student,” junior Kristen Mcnabb said. 

Linville was originally suspended with pay, but after further investigation, he was transitioned to suspension without pay, Rowan-Salisbury Schools say.

Junior Joseph Ward tells WBTV he hopes investigators are looking closely at what occurred before the video starts. He says he's heard another video is out there, but he's yet to see it. 

“Everybody wants to see that second video of what happened before that because right now, it's just showing the kids part,” Ward said. 

The district said they are continuing to work with law enforcement as well as conducting their own internal investigation.

"We take these situations very serious. We regret that this occurred. Our focus remains to be providing a safe environment for teaching and learning for all our students and staff," RSS released in a statement.

The criminal summons has a court date of May 4 at 9 a.m. and does not require Linville to be presented to a magistrate. Linville did not receive a bond for the charge, officials say.

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