Cloudland head football coach Mike Lunsford will have to appear in the Avery County (NC) General Court of Justice District Court Division on June 2 after a criminal summons was issued for him on April 21.
The criminal summons was issued against Lunsford for allegedly communicating threats of physical harm to Ballard (Bill) Jennings, 73.
According to the summons, the verbal threat “was communicated to Ballard Jennings by threatening to knock out every one of his teeth.”
The summons which was undersigned by Magistrate Bill Burleson states “the threat was made in a manner and under circumstances which would cause a reasonable person to believe that the threat was likely to be carried out and the person threatened believed that the threat would be carried out.”
Lunsford is in his second stint as head football coach at Cloudland and has a 216-65 overall record and the Highlanders are coming off a 9-3 season which ended in a Class 1A second round playoff loss to Coalfield.
Lunsford wears many hats at the small Roan Mountain school as he also serves as the head girls basketball coach and is the school’s athletic director as well.
According to Carter County School Superintdent Kevin Ward, the county is investigating the allegations and Lunsford is still currently teaching and coaching at Cloudland.
“I have spoken to Mr. Jennings and Mr. Lunsford about the criminal summons brought against Mr. Lunsford in the General Court of Avery County, North Carolina,” Ward said.
“We are conducting an investigation into the matter, but at present time, I believe it is necessary to await the decision of the Avery County Court on the criminal summons. I have required that a copy of the decision of the Avery County Courts decision as soon as it is made and He is still teaching and I am waiting the Avery County Court decision.”
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