Video footage of a May 26 on-campus incident involving longtime Conway High football coach Chuck Jordan and a 17-year-old student was made public Wednesday.
The images, provided by the Conway Police Department from Horry County Schools, offer insight as to what occurred prior to and during an incident that led to Jordan and the student — Kabrian Javar Hickman — being charged.
In the series of videos obtained by The Sun News through a Freedom of Information request, Jordan can be seen following Hickman from one point of the school to another, journeying from the front entrance of Conway High, through its athletic wing and gymnasium.
The longtime football coach then is seen confronting Hickman. It appears he requests assistance of another employee before Jordan and the unidentified person restrain the student. Jordan puts his hand near the student’s neck and the other person in the video appears to be restraining the student from behind.
During the confrontation, Hickman loses and then regains his balance as he is being escorted out of a side door at the school and out the sight of a Conway High surveillance camera.
No timestamps were provided in the footage, according to Sgt. Darren Alston of the Conway Police Department.
Following an investigation conducted by the CPD, an Horry County Magistrate Judge found enough probable cause to issue warrants for the arrest of Jordan and Hickman based on video, witness statements and interviews detailing the incident.
Jordan was charged with third-degree assault and battery, while Hickman faces a charge of disturbing schools.
Both were released the same day on recognizance bonds.
Despite his arrest, Jordan is on administrative leave with pay pending an independent investigation by Horry County Schools. Roaming the sideline at the school since 1983, his 275 wins rank eighth all-time among high school football coaches in South Carolina.
Horry County Schools also disciplined Hickman and a substitute teacher, whose name may be taken off a district-wide list of those standing in for regular instructors when they are absent.
On Tuesday, Jordan’s attorney — Thomas C. Brittain of The Brittain Law Firm in Myrtle Beach — said he plans to file a motion to have charges dismissed in the case.
“You can see the young man coming forward, you can see (Jordan) raising his hands, you can see someone coming from behind and pulling (Hickman) around. … No one got hurt, no one had a bruise or scratch, no one had any physical damage,” Brittain told The Sun News. “We’re not talking about any type of injury or physical damage. Chuck Jordan did not hurt him in any way, (Hickman) did not hurt Jordan in any way either.
“My hope is that (Jordan) can go back to work rather swiftly, but I also do not know school protocol,” Brittain said. “I’d also like to see things resolved for the young man involved too. You hate to see injury to one’s name or livelihood … not just for Jordan but for (Hickman) as well.”