Local school wrestling coach turns himself in; faces gun charges

HARRINGTON, Del. – Former wrestling Coach James McNeil at WT Chipman Middle School turned himself in police Thursday night.

Now he’s facing gun charges after he assaulted a student according to court documents.

A man who was supposed to be a role model within the district — now stands accused of pointing a gun at a student.

47 ABC obtained court documents showing that a warrant was issued Thursday, December 21st for  James McNeil.

He faces three different charges including carrying a concealed deadly weapon, aggravated menacing and assault in the third degree.

All the charges stem from an event that happened Wednesday December 5th after wrestling practice when McNeil and the 13 year old victim got into an argument.

McNeil told police the argument ensued after the child had been “running his mouth all practice.”

A Witness told police that at some point McNeil said, “Glocks don’t have safetys” and cocked his gun before pointing it at the victim.

The victim says he tried to escape but was pulled back in by McNeil and pinned by his neck.

However, the documents also show McNeil had a different version of the story saying that he never pointed the gun at the student and had unloaded the magazine.

47 ABC reached out to the Lake Forest School district and they tell us McNeil was let go from this position.

They also want to add that student safety is their number one priority and want to ensure the student athletes have a positive wrestling season.

Police continue to investigate this altercation are asking anyone with more information to please come forward as this information is critical to their investigation.

47 ABC is told McNeil was released Thursday night on $11,000 bond.

We’ve also learned that McNeil was employed as a correctional officer in the state.

We reached out to correctional officers union, but they have declined to comment.

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