Police say the father of a Manheim Township Middle School student charged at a district employee and threatened to punch her in the face over his daughter's status on the junior high track team.
In a phone interview Thursday, Jimmie L. Brock said the district employee is a junior high track team coach. He said she started the incident when she "disrespected" his 13-year-old daughter, a seventh-grader, in front of her friends.
Brock, 38, told the woman to shut up, threatened to punch her in the face several times and made profane statements to her in front of about 20 students at the school at 4:30 p.m. April 4, township police Officer Nathan Daggett said in a criminal complaint.
Police charged Brock, of 544 Candlewyck Road in Manheim Township, with aggravated assault, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.
Brock said the aggravated assault charge is not appropriate.
He was arrested April 5 and later released after posting $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. April 18.
Manheim Township School District spokeswoman Marcie Brody said the district wants to protect the identity of the employee involved.
"The school district fully supports all of our teachers and coaches," Brody said. "They do a tremendous job."
Brody called the incident an isolated case as the majority of parents are extremely supportive of coaches and staff.
Brock said the dispute began on March 29, when his daughter expected to compete in the high jump competition at her team's meet at Hempfield. However, he said, she came home from school and said the coaches said she could not participate in the meet because she stayed home from school sick the day before.
Brock said he took his daughter to the meet and her name was called to jump, but another girl jumped in her place. He said the coach involved in the incident said a mistake was made and she promised his daughter could jump in the next away meet.
But on April 4, track coaches handed out uniforms to students eligible for the April 5 track meet at Ephrata, and Brock's daughter didn't receive one, he said.
He said he picked up his daughter at practice and confronted the coach.
"You can't tell kids one thing and turn around and do a 360," he said. "She started blaming my daughter, saying she did this on her own. (The coach) cussed at me first."
The coach should be suspended, or fired, Brock said.
He contends he did not charge at the coach and only said "I feel like punching her in the face" once.
He admitted he "shouldn't have acted the way I did."
A video of the incident was recorded and provided to school officials, according to the criminal complaint.
During an argument, Brock starts walking away from the employee, stops, and "charges at her in an aggressive manner," according to the complaint.
Brock called that account "baloney."
He said the track team's head coach was away for a family issue when the incident occurred and has apologized to his daughter for all that happened.
Brock has six children and all play sports, including football, basketball and track. He is a former coach of the Junior Tornadoes in the Red Rose Midget Football League and he coaches basketball for Jerry Johnson's Back2Basics Foundation.
Brock also mentors teens in the community, according to an opinion piece about concussions in youth sports published in LNP last year.
He said he's never had trouble with another coach or with a parent of a child he coached.
On Tuesday, his daughter competed in the high jump competition in a home meet against Warwick, he said. She also ran in a relay.