Suspension of Forbush Coach Kenan James changed to without pay status Tuesday morning

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James - File photo | Yadkin Ripple

A Forbush High School coach has been suspended following allegations of inappropriate communication with a student.

“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. 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,” said Forbush Principal Boomer Kennedy.

Kennedy added that the allegations involve only inappropriate communication. The student was also not a member of the women’s soccer team, of which James is the coach.

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. The employment of public school teachers in North Carolina is subject to the provisions of North Carolina General Statute § 115C.325. Pursuant to § 115C-325, 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.

James File photo | Yadkin Ripple

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