How bad must your high school football team for the coach to need to pull a knife on one of his players? Pretty bad, we must suspect.
A well-liked assistant football coach with Lakeland’s Kathleen High School was arrested Thursday night after authorities say he brought a locked-blade knife to a practice and threatened a 16-year-old player with it. Charged was Christopher Michael Campbell, 30, who works full time at a Publix supermarket and volunteers as an assistant football coach at Kathleen, according to Polk County sheriff’s deputies.
Campbell showed up at a practice on Wednesday and brandished the knife, deputies said. Having a weapon on campus is a violation of school board policy and a felony, deputies said. Campbell of Lakeland pointed the knife in a threatening manner several times at one of the players, 16-year-old Otis Buford, “poking him and tapping him on the chest and on the helmet with it while also verbally threatening him,” deputies said in a news release.