The Detroit Cass Tech quarterback who made headlines with his alleged body slam of a school security guard is back in school.
Detroit Public Schools spokesman Steven Wasko, assistant superintendent for community relations, confirmed this morning that 17-year-old Jayru Campbell has returned to the Detroit high school. “Jayru Campbell has been readmitted to Cass Tech.
We are unable to discuss the decision because Mr. Campbell's educational records are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Unless his parents authorize the District to release those records, we cannot comment further,” Wasko said via e-mail.
Wasko did not immediately respond to follow-up questions about the date of Campbell’s return to school nor his status with the football team.
Campbell, a junior who had verbally committed to play college football at Michigan State, faces charges of aggravated assault and assault with intent to do great bodily harm in the Jan. 22 incident.
Campbell is accused of picking up a security guard at the school and throwing him to the ground after the guard confronted Campbell over his refusal to remove his sweatshirt hood. The Free Press reported earlier this month on a possible plea deal that would allow Campbell to receive a probationary sentence with the possibility of an eventual record expungement.
Campbell’s next court hearing is set for May 2. The confrontation with the security guard was captured on cell phone video and drew national interest and inspired debate on social media. However, it was not the first time Campbell was accused of violence.
He was suspended from school and for the first game of the 2014 season for throwing a punch after Cass Tech lost a semifinal game against Novi Detroit Catholic Central in November.
Eric D. Lawrence also writes for freepress.com