Threat forces Stanton head coach, son to leave school

STANTON -- The Stanton Buffaloes are facing a tough season but some concerns there go beyond the football field.

In the middle of the season head coach Jerry Burkhart announced that he was leaving the program to pursue other opportunities. The move came shortly after Burkhart's son, the starting quarterback, transferred to Sterling City for what the coach said was a family issue.

According to documents obtained by CBS7, Burkhart's son was threatened by another student shortly after coming to Stanton High School.

The threats reportedly continued even after that student was sent to an alternative school, pushing Burkhart to make the decision to resign and move his family to Rankin.

Members of the Stanton community say they understand Burkhart's decision.

"I mean I'm going to protect my kid at all cost no matter what it entails, so that's what I would do," said Allison Rogers, a mother and Stanton Buffaloes fan.

The student who made the threats has now been taken into custody.

With one of its best players and head coach gone the Buffaloes team has been left with a lot of uncertainty that can be seen by its 1-8 record.

"I'm supporting the boys, I'm supporting the football team and I'm supporting the interim coach right now just because you know, in order for the guys to do good and build their confidence up they need to see us as a town backing them regardless of what's going on," said Rogers.