Detroit — Detroit Cass Tech quarterback Jayru Campbell was charged Tuesday with assaulting a school security guard who asked the student to remove a hood he was wearing.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy formally announced the charges — assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and aggravated assault — during a press conference at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.
“It doesn’t matter who you are. What you do. How fast you can run. How far you can throw a football,” said Worthy. “The law applies to everyone.”
Campbell is being charged as an adult. The first charge is a felony and carries a maximum 10-year sentence.
The aggravated assault charge is a misdemeanor and carries a possible one-year prison sentence.
Campbell, 17, was accused of “assault and battery based on an incident that took place inside the school at dismissal time,” on Jan. 22, according to Detroit Public Schools spokesman Steve Wasko.
That day, a video also appeared online that showed an apparent student at the school body-slamming a security guard.
The 23-year-old security officer suffered a facial injury and open head wound, Worthy said. He is recovering.
According to Worthy, the security officer repeatedly asked Campbell to remove his hood while in school. Campbell refused and allegedly yelled profanities, picked the officer up and slammed him to the floor.
Campbell, 6-foot, 4-inches tall and 200 pounds, led Cass Tech to back-to-back Division 1 state championships in 2011 and 2012. He is verbally committed to Michigan State for its 2015 class.
“The fact that the defendant is a talented high school football player does not change the facts of this case,” said Worthy.
He was suspended from school for three to five days in November and the first game of next season after throwing a punch at a Detroit Catholic Central player following a 28-0 loss to Catholic Central in the Division 1 semifinals.
On Aug. 7, Campbell committed to Michigan State. Campbell also was offered scholarships by Alabama, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, among others.
This past fall, Campbell was selected to The Detroit News first team All-Metro Detroit.
Campbell threw for 1,768 yards and 28 touchdowns this season. He also rushed for 563 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Staff Writer Tom Markowski contributed.