On the heels of the arrest of Detroit Cass Tech junior Jayru Campbell on Wednesday after an alleged assault at the school, questions remain about what might happen next to the standout quarterback.
A YouTube video was posted Wednesday that showed a student body-slamming a security guard at the high school. The student in the video is believed to be Campbell, though that has not been confirmed.
Campbell, who verbally committed to play football for Michigan State starting in 2015, might not be able to finish his prep career at Cass Tech — or any other Detroit Public School — in light of the charges against him. Michigan State could withdraw its scholarship offer to Campbell.
“The incident is being investigated by district and local law enforcement,” said Alvin Ward, administrator of athletics for DPS.
According to the DPS student code of conduct, there are several disciplinary avenues that the school and district could pursue.
Campbell already was given a short-term suspension of three to five days from the school in November after an alleged punching incident that took place following a football game. In a Division 1 semifinal against Detroit Catholic Central — which Cass Tech lost, 28-0 — Campbell punched a C.C. player, according to Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher.
Wilcher also suspended Campbell for the first game next season.
If Campbell is charged and found guilty of the incident at the high school, he could face a long suspension or could be expelled from the district, in addition to facing the criminal repercussions.
According to the code of conduct: “Any student, who, after appropriate suspension hearings at the local school level, is found guilty of committing a violent act as defined by this policy, MUST be suspended and referred to the General Superintendent for review. A suspension pending an expulsion review may extend for up to sixty (60) school days or until such time as the central level review has been completed (whichever is sooner).”
One of the defining criteria of a violent act in the code of conduct is “committing a battery upon an employee of the Detroit Public School where the evidence demonstrates that the staff member did not provoke the battery by initiating an unlawful battery upon the student.”
It is not known whether Campbell was provoked in his incident this week. Here is an alternate angle, which appears to show some of the confrontation leading up to the incident.
Keith Johnson, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, said security guards, though they are contractors, are considered DPS employees for student disciplinary purposes.
The Detroit Board of Education could authorize an expulsion from the district, which would leave Campbell’s future educational and athletic career in jeopardy.
Campbell could attempt to enroll at another non-DPS public school, but a charge of violence on his record could deter a school from taking a chance on accepting him. A private school or a charter school could be an option.
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s athletic director George Porritt — who wasn’t asked specifically about the Campbell incident — said some private schools have accepted students with disciplinary problems in the past.
“It’s looked at. They would look at the grades before the student got in trouble, along with teacher and administrative recommendations,” said Porritt, who is also the football and basketball coach at St. Mary’s. “It’s very, very tough, though.”
Porritt said he recalled a student being admitted to St. Mary’s after being in a juvenile facility.
“But that was a long, long time ago,” he added. “It’s the admissions panel and principal more than the athletic director. I wouldn’t have any say in that.”
Johnson said he has never had any complaints about Campbell from teachers in the district.
"He has a right to a disciplinary hearing; I'm sure there will be one,” Johnson said. "I know Jayru Campbell. He is a very bright, young man."
Johnson added: “The two most compelling questions are: Will he remain at Cass Tech and will MSU withdraw its offer?"
Jennifer Chambers of The Detroit News contributed to this report.