NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The head football coach at New Kent High School is accused of assaulting one of his players. 8News spoke exclusively to the mother of the juvenile allegedly assaulted, and she says the incident has left her “angry.”
New Kent County Sheriff Joe McLaughlin said the alleged incident between 42-year-old John William Fulks, of King William County, and a juvenile member of the football team occurred in a locker room before an away game on November 8.
Fulks was arrested for simple assault Wednesday afternoon and was released on his promise to appear in court.
Additional details were not released because the incident involved a juvenile, McLaughlin said.
According to the mother, who did not want to be identified, Fulks allegedly pushed her son from behind, hurting him physically, but also mentally because this was a person he saw as a mentor.
“The football coach is the main person that a high school football player is going to look up to and we were just angry,” she told 8News.
She continued to say that a food fight involving two students, none of whom were her son, led to Fulks screaming at them and hitting lockers inside the locker room.
“And my son felt intimidated and he was the closest one to him so he turned around to go walk to the other area where some of the other kids were. And as soon as he turned around the coach pushed him in his back.”
She told 8News Coach Fulks had to walk by three other players to get to her son, who she says continues to struggle after the alleged incident.
“The only thing he’s really saying is, ‘I don’t want him to do this to somebody else,’ ‘I don’t think he needs to coach anymore or work with kids anymore.’ And he’s saying like his trust was broken and if he can do this to me he can do this to somebody else. I was one of his players.”
The mother adds that Fulks called and apologized to the family 30 minutes after the incident occurred.
8News reached out to the New Kent County Schools superintendent. We’re still awaiting a response.
Stay with 8News for updates on this developing story.