18-year-old faces charges for assault on J-M High School principal during fight at game

Siler City, NC – The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office has issued a criminal summons for Jamari Amir Jones, 18, of Burlington, in connection with an incident that occurred during the Jordan-Matthews versus Cummings (Burlington) varsity basketball game on Friday, January 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Jones is facing charges of assault on a school employee and disorderly conduct.

During the basketball game at Jordan-Matthews, an altercation involving a group of Cummings fans broke out for reasons yet to be determined. Attempting to restore order, Jordan-Matthews Principal April Burko stepped in and was knocked to the ground by Jones.

Jones is facing charges of assault on a school employee and disorderly conduct. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation into the incident is ongoing and may result in further charges.

Because of the incident, the remainder of the basketball game was cancelled.

Sheriff Mike Roberson expressed concern over the incident, stating, “It is regrettable that such incidents occur within the context of a school event. Our priority is the safety of everyone involved, and we will take necessary actions to ensure those responsible are held accountable. Principal April Burko demonstrated notable courage in attempting to diffuse a volatile situation. Her commitment to safety is commendable, and we wish her a swift recovery.”

“Chatham County Schools is committed to ensuring that our schools are safe for our students, staff, and those who visit and attend school functions,” said Chatham County Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony D. Jackson.

“We will not tolerate disruptive or unacceptable behavior by any person attending school sponsored events. We will work with local law enforcement officials to hold any person who disrupts a school activity or event accountable for their behavior, and we will assist with ensuring that they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Dr. Jackson continued, “I want to thank Mrs. Burko and her administrative team for going above and beyond the duty to ensure a safe environment and experience for all in attendance at the game on Friday night.”


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