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Forrest Coach Jennis Resigns after Arrest

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Forrest Coach Jennis Resigns after Arrest

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Forrest High School football coach Rob Jennis resigned his

coaching position yesterday, 12 hours after police charged him

with attacking a Mandarin High School band parent following a

Forrest loss.

Police said Jennis hit Robert Summers Thursday night at

Forrest, moments after Summers asked the coach and his players

to clear the field so Mandarin's band could play.

"I sat down at the bench, and here he comes running over,

screaming, `Make me move,' and just slams me up against the back

of the bench and starts wailing and someone pulled him off of

me," said Summers, a band chaperone. "They [fellow band parents]

didn't know what to do. It was such a quick thing. When I saw

him coming up to me, I thought he was just going to yell at me.

I didn't know he would hit me."

Police arrested Jennis, 36, on misdemeanor battery charges

following the 10:15 p.m. incident, immediately after Mandarin

beat Forrest 34-28. After his release from jail on his own

recognizance yesterday morning, Jennis handed in his resignation

to Forrest High School Principal Steve Hite.

Police said the coach told them he "snapped."

Jennis also has been suspended from his duties as a physical

education teacher at the Westside school until the Professional

Practices Commission in Tallahassee and school officials

complete their investigation, said Alvin White, the Duval County

School Board's assistant superintendent of personnel.

"Our position is clear," White said. "He will not be reassigned

to any student teaching duties. He will be assigned other duties

away from school while the investigation goes on."

Police said Jennis was meeting with his players on the 50-yard

line when Summers yelled to him from the sidelines to clear the

field because Mandarin's band was scheduled to play. …

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