Jackson Christian (Tenn.) boys basketball coach resigns amid investigation

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Jackson Christian (Tenn.) boys basketball coach resigns amid investigation

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Jackson Christian (Tenn.) boys basketball coach resigns amid investigation

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JD Byrd has resigned as the boys basketball coach at Jackson Christian School (Tenn.) amid allegations that he communicated inappropriately with a student.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the allegations, according to MCSO public information officer Tom Mapes. Madison County Sheriff John Mehr contacted District Attorney General Jody Pickens and made him aware of the information in the case, Mapes said.

No charges have been filed.

Byrd did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Jackson Christian sent out an email Monday night stating that Byrd, who is the son of state Rep. David Byrd (R-Waynesboro), indicated his intention to resign from both teaching and coaching at the school. The email indicated that Byrd’s teaching duties will be covered internally, and athletics director Jason Shelton will oversee basketball operations during the offseason while the school searches for a new head coach.

“Coach Byrd contacted our president on Monday and said that he was resigning,” Shelton said. “The two of them sat down and talked, and that’s what he told him.”

Another email was sent out Wednesday night by Jackson Christian Schools President Mark Benton stating that an unnamed faculty member was no longer employed at the school because of “allegations of inappropriate communication between a faculty member and a student.” Benton stated that the school does not tolerate that sort of activity.

The school said that it will be conducting its own internal investigation, according to the email.

There are no allegations that any physical altercations happened, according to Benton’s email.

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