Police: Parent punched Fort Dorchester coach months before raising complaint

Amos Mouzon Jr. (at left) joined his son Aaron and wife Karen at a press conference about a Fort Dorchester High School football coach Friday. Months earlier, Amos Mouzon Jr. had a run-in with the coach that witnesses said turned physical when he punched the coach.

Months before the father of a student athlete raised complaints about the way a Fort Dorchester High School football coach ran his biology class, the father got in an argument with the coach and ended up punching him, according to a police report.

Amos Mouzon Jr., 40, joined his wife Karen and son Aaron at a press conference Friday in Summerville with community activist Louis Smith, claiming that Coach Joey Still had taught an easy biology class that allowed football players to maintain academic eligibility. Students who took the class in the past two years have said Still gave out answers in advance of tests and rarely lectured.

It turns out Amos Mouzon Jr. and Still have a history. According to a report filed April 27 with the North Charleston Police Department, a coach named “Joey Steel” told police he had been arguing with a woman about her son’s recent track meet. Dorchester District 2 spokeswoman Pat Raynor confirmed that this was a misspelling and the coach involved was Still.

“During this conversation, (Still) states that he told the parent that he would make sure that the suspect’s child did not get accepted into athletics in college,” an officer wrote in the report.

Around 4:40 p.m., according to Still and several witnesses who spoke to the officer, Amos Mouzon Jr. punched Still in the face.

The officer arrested Mouzon on a third-degree assault charge and released him with a ticket. North Charleston court records show Mouzon’s case is still active.

Reached by phone Tuesday, Mouzon said his run-in with Still had nothing to do with classroom issues.

“It goes much deeper than academics,” he said.

Fort Dorchester High Principal Bert Postell wrote in a July 6 email to Karen Mouzon that he had conducted an investigation involving Still and that he was “in the process of preparing my course of action.”

Raynor said Monday that Still remains employed at the school.

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