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story.lead_photo.caption Lance Fritchman, 52, of Little Rock

A Little Rock teacher has been arrested after a dispute with a TV news reporter who was questioning him on recent social media posts, police said.

Lance Fritchman, 52, was booked into the Pulaski County jail around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on a charge of criminal trespass, records show.

The Little Rock School District’s McClellan High School lists Fritchman as a coach on its website.

According to a police report, Mitchell McCoy, a reporter at NBC affiliate KARK-TV and Fox affiliate KLRT-TV, had questioned Fritchman about social media posts that referenced race, among other topics.

Around 7 a.m. Monday, officers responded to the lower parking deck at the Victory Building, 1401 W. Capitol Ave., in reference to a terroristic threatening report.

Fritchman told police that he had gone to the building, which houses the TV news stations’ studio, as a result of McCoy’s reporting.

Police said Fritchman left several messages telling McCoy to “come out and let’s handle this man to man.”

Fritchman was later told to not call the reporter and was barred from returning to the Victory Building, the report states.

Officers were called again around noon that day but were not able to locate the suspect, according to authorities.

A Twitter account bearing Fritchman's name features tweets questioning why there is no white history month and criticizing the looks of participants in marches for women's rights. Other posts mention McCoy and Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times, which first reported on Fritchman's arrest.

Pamela Smith, a Little Rock School District spokeswoman, said Fritchman had been placed on paid administrative leave before he was taken into custody.

"However, we have been made aware of [Fritchman's arrest] and are conducting further review. We are unable to comment on specifics as it is a personnel matter unrelated to LRSD," Smith said.

Fritchman remained at the Pulaski County jail as of 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, records show. Bail had not been set.

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  • MaxCady
    March 6, 2018 at 12:56 p.m.

    If you don't want to be called out don't put your stoopid racist, misogynist comments out there where everybody can see. Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

  • citizendoe
    March 6, 2018 at 12:59 p.m.

    We might as well get used to these kinds of confrontations as aggrieved white men become more and more emboldened by the presence of the Supremacist in Chief in the White House. 45 gives them a voice and champions the illusion that they are put upon.

    Once ago I helped students establish an Asian-American Heritage Club at a rural Arkansas high school with a good number of Laotian and Cambodian heritage kids in attendance. Not long afterwards I was challenged by a couple of white boys who asked, "Why don't we have a White Heritage Club?" I replied, You do. "Where?" they asked. "Here. It's the whole school. Every teacher is white. Every administrator is white. And ninety percent of the kids are white. It's white heritage all the way."

    Within six months both of these boys were proud members of the Asian-American Heritage Club, which was accepting of any fellow student with an interest in learning about Laotian and Cambodian culture. It became one of the most active and popular clubs on campus and gave the "outsiders" and their parents as sense of belonging that led to lots of good harmony in the school.

    We are so much more alike than we are different. White men should get off their high horse, lose their self pity, and embrace the universe.

  • HarleyOwner
    March 6, 2018 at 1:04 p.m.

    A white history month? everyone knows that would be racist. LOL

  • Packman
    March 6, 2018 at 1:44 p.m.

    "White men should get off their high horse, lose their self pity, and embrace the universe." Spoken like a proud sexist, racist bigot using the broadest of brush strokes.

  • Retiredofit
    March 6, 2018 at 2 p.m.

    I will just say this. Black history month is just that, black history. I guess we think all other history is white history? But I am confused how these organizations exist and it’s not seen as a double standard...black entertainment tv, United negro college fund, NAACP, United black caucus, black police officers association, need I go on. Why can’t the question be asked for fear of retribution. I think the questions would be asked if there was “White” in front of all of those organizations. If we can’t discuss our differences,then we will continue to have divide. Sometimes I think that’s what people are striving for, more division. It’s not a Trump issue, it’s an American one.

  • tweedyboy57
    March 6, 2018 at 2:10 p.m.

    TravisBickle Excellent! citizendoe is to be commended..perfect post except maybe "Certain" White Men should get off their High Horse etc..HarleyOwner youre Correct as well except for the remark being funny. Packman the resentment of having a smart, black mostly successful President for 8 years VS what we have now has really gotten under the "white" skin of a lot of Americans and its really sad to see. There are bad people of All Races

  • FireEyes
    March 6, 2018 at 2:19 p.m.

    Racist??? The teacher is not racist. He's as gut sick of REVERSE RACISM as I am. If you're going to have recognition for any ETHNIC group, then do for all or none, period!!! As a Cherokee, I'd like to see Sequoyah recognized for giving our people our own written language, but am I gonna raise the roof over it? Nope.

    Recognize ANYONE who has made such an achievement. but stop throwing out special days just to appease whiners.

    TB and Doe need to stop being reverse RACISTS and learn there is ONE RACE and many ETHNIC groups.

  • RobertBolt
    March 6, 2018 at 2:32 p.m.

    Speak your piece, receive the consequences, and quit whining.

  • ketchupmustard
    March 6, 2018 at 3:12 p.m.

    Coach seems to be a triggered little snowflake. Maybe he'll find the safe space he needs in Pulaski County Jail.

  • 3WorldState1
    March 6, 2018 at 3:15 p.m.

    While I understand the issue some here raise. It would make more sense if you just woke up from a 200 year coma and raised the issue. "What? Black History month? WTH?"

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