Marion County High School Coach Faces Charges of Vandalism

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 11/13/2013 7:15 pm
JASPER, TN, (WDEF)-Assistant Coach and High School teacher Michael Schmitt has been arrested and booked into Marion County Jail.
He faces charge of vandalism to school property that caused over a 1000 dollars worth of damage.

The Marion County Superintendent informed News 12 that an internal investigation is ongoing and that staff and students alike will be briefed on exactly what happened"

Marion County Superintendent,"We don't want it to hurt the students or the community in any way possible and certainly don't want it to trickle over into the school atmosphere as well as the football atmosphere"

 Schmitt is now on Administrative leave with pay.

His arrest came after a joint investigation by Jasper Police and Marion County Sheriff's department  less than two weeks after the school facilities were tarnished with abusive comments and paintings.

Griffith says authorities are still trying to piece together exactly what happened.

"The Constitution extends certain rights, so coach Schmitt is innocent until proven guilty of these charges"

Investigators believe the abusive remarks were meant to inspire Marion County against bitter rivals South Pittsburg in what is one of the most heated high school football games in the state.

Neil bennett,South Pittsburg Sports Photographer,"Heard so many rumors that it might be someone from South Pittsburg and even more so surprised that it was from their own coaching staff"

Bennet says the abusive remarks tainted both schools and both communities.

"Done to make the Pirates look bad and make it look like someone from South Pittsburg  had done the vandalism"

Both Teams are ranked in the top three in the Volunteer State.

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