CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Students of a local high school basketball coach who was arrested and charged with assault, breaking and entering and stalking are speaking out.
Kenyan Weaks posted bail and was released from jail Sunday. He had been employed with the Cabarrus County school district since 2014.
"They're surprised," said Hannah Lafferty. "A lot of kids are really surprised it happened to him. No one really expected it at all."
It was business as usual Wednesday at Central Cabarrus High School, but their boy's basketball coach is out of a job and facing some serious criminal charges.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say back on February 27, Weaks broke into a woman's apartment in north Charlotte and assaulted a man inside. Police arrested him Friday, and also charged him with two counts of misdemeanor stalking.
"Teachers, we should feel safe around them, so when I heard that it made me think twice about how teachers are," said Yasmin Jimenez.
Cabarrus County Schools released a statement, saying Weaks was a teacher's assistant and coach of the basketball team. They say he resigned effective Tuesday.
"I didn't know him very well," Lafferty said. "I saw him around school and stuff but I didn't know him personally at all."
Lafferty says it's been a big topic of conversation among students here, with a particular impact to Weaks' players on the team.
"I'm sure they're shocked just as much as everyone else-- if not more-- because they knew him better," Lafferty said.
Weaks' next court date is March 24.
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