Forbush coach suspended

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Yadkin County Schools have taken action against a teacher and coach there after discovering what it called “inappropriate communication” between him and a student.

Kenan James, the women’s soccer coach and a teacher at Forbush High School, was initially suspended with pay on May 23, pending an investigation. That suspension was changed to without pay on Tuesday, according to school officials.

“Toward the end of the school year, allegations of inappropriate communication between Kenan James and a Forbush student were brought to the attention of the Forbush administration,” said Forbush Principal Boomer Kennedy. “Law enforcement was immediately notified and the school district began an investigation. Soon after, Mr. James was suspended with pay pending further investigation by the school system.”

Kennedy added that the allegations involve only inappropriate communication. The student was not a member of the soccer team.

Yadkin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Martin confirmed that James has been suspended and that the suspension was changed to without pay on Tuesday.

“Mr. James was employed as a teacher in the Yadkin County Schools on Aug. 1, 1999…Mr. James was suspended with pay on May 23, 2018, and this was converted to a suspension without pay on June 19, 2018. At this point, I cannot say anything else as this is a personnel matter,” Martin said.

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‘Inappropriate communication’ with student alleged

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