UPDATED: Softball Team Protesting Coach's Suspension

The suspension of a local girl's softball coach, created some chaos on Friday and there were rumors more would come Monday.

But according to the Grifton School Principal, it was all quiet.

Friday it was a different story when both parents and students stood outside the school in support of their Athletic Director and softball Coach Haywood Dillahunt.

He was suspended with pay Thursday.

According to the Superintendent, it was their decision not the Principal's but she could not say why, due to personnel laws.

Although parents in the area say they believe it had to do with a softball player who got injured during a game and was allowed to return, after the player's parent gave the OK. Some parents say they agree with the protest.

No students were suspended for the protest, according to the school system.

We tried to get in touch with Dillahunt for comment but were unsuccessful.

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The suspension of a softball coach has apparently prompted some students to refuse to go into school Friday.

Grifton Elementary School's softball coach Haywood Dillahunt was put on suspension with pay. The school's principal and the Pitt County Schools athletic director says they told the softball team of the suspension on Thursday.

About 9:15 a.m. Friday, there were reports that students and parents were gathered outside the school. Upon WITN's arrival at the school, shortly after 9:30 a.m., a person on the scene said the students and parents had gone inside the school.

Heather Mayo, Public Information Officer for Pitt County Schools says, because the suspension is a personnel issue, they cannot legally discuss the reason for it. However, Mayo says Dillahunt has the option to sign a release form that would allow the school system to talk about why Dillahunt was suspended.

Parents have been called to school to discuss the issue. Some told WITN there is confusion over whether Dillahunt was suspended or fired.


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