A Mississippi high school football coach who reportedly sent text messages to a 15-year-old female student has resigned.
Anthony Woolfolk resigned as Holmes County Central High School football coach on Oct. 27, WAPT reports. His resignation came shortly after an investigation found that he sent text messages to students at the high school.
School Superintendent Powell Rucker said that the school district has a strict policy against faculty and staff members text messaging students.
Woolfolk, however, told The Clarion-Ledger that he resigned because his father is ill.
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“I'm going home to take care of my dad," Woolfolk said. “He's sick. He's fallen, and he's at that age that I need to go take care of him.”
But Shalonda Brooks, the mother of the 15-year-old student whom Woolfolk was texting, wants the football coach to be prosecuted. She shared some of the text messages between Woolfolk and her daughter with WAPT (below).
In the text messages, Woolfolk allegedly tells the girl he has a “real big crush” on her and that he’s going to take a nap and dream because he “can’t get in trouble” in his dreams.
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Brooks said she was forced to take her daughter out of school following the incident.
Woolfolk, who served as a coach and teacher in Yazoo City for 14 seasons and has held positions at Alcorn State, Albany State, and South Carolina State Universities, is eligible to collect retirement from the state of Mississippi, reports The Clarion-Ledger.
“In 30 years of coaching, I've never had anything like that go on anywhere," Woolfolk said, referring to allegations of text messaging student-athletes. "All my players I've coached will tell you that."