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A judge ruled Monday that a Little Rock School District employee involved in an argument with a local TV reporter was not guilty of criminal trespass, court records show.

Little Rock District Judge Hugh Finkelstein acquitted Lance Fritchman, 52, and removed an order that barred him from contacting reporter Mitchell McCoy and Austin Kellerman, news director at NBC affiliate KARK and Fox affiliate KLRT.

Fritchman, who is listed as a coach on the McClellan High School website, was arrested in March after calling McCoy and visiting the station, police previously said.

McCoy had challenged Fritchman's social media posts that questioned why there is no white history month and criticized the looks of participants in marches for women's rights, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported.

Officers wrote in a report that Fritchman had gone to the KARK and KLRT studios in the Victory Building at 1401 W. Capitol Ave. multiple times and left messages telling McCoy to "come out and let's handle this man to man."

An account bearing Fritchman's name posted a tweet Monday evening celebrating the ruling.

Fritchman had been placed on paid administrative leave before he was taken into custody, Little Rock School District spokesman Pamela Smith previously told the newspaper. A McClellan High School official said Tuesday that Fritchman remains an employee.

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  • tawcat
    September 18, 2018 at 1:01 p.m.

    Not sure what he taught/teaches, but it's sad that he couldn't use the proper term of "threw."

  • tweedyboy57
    September 18, 2018 at 1:37 p.m.

    SO This means the Little Rock School District fully supports a homophobic slanderer who wants to inflict harm on the media by keeping him employed. He sounds unhinged and dangerous. Trump is everywhere

  • ARMNAR
    September 18, 2018 at 1:39 p.m.

    I pity his students. He seems to be a very small, petty person. And a racist.

  • 0boxerssuddenlinknet
    September 18, 2018 at 1:47 p.m.

    tweedy, Trump is causing my 401k to rocket off the charts and has nothing to do with some ill mannered moron employed as a coach at a high school.

  • MaxCady
    September 18, 2018 at 1:57 p.m.

    I hope this knucklehead is just a coach and not an actual teacher! I got my money on Sweet Boy Mitch!

  • tweedyboy57
    September 18, 2018 at 2:42 p.m.

    OBOXER it was actually Congress that couldnt wait to pass the GOP TAX SCAM - funny huh thats the only damn thing Congress has done. No Infrastructure. No Wall. No BETTER HEALTHCARE. The chickens will come home to roost and theyll have a sad story to tell. America is 20+ trillion in debt and we're starting trade wars with China AND our Allies. STUPID.

  • ArkyMark
    September 18, 2018 at 3:17 p.m.

    It's called freedom of speech people. If celebrities can go on national teevee and freely denigrate Christians, then this knucklehead is similarly free to espouse his beliefs regarding certain classes. That's just how it works in the US of A.

  • ARMNAR
    September 18, 2018 at 3:37 p.m.

    Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences of that speech.

  • donnieandsarah_gmail-com
    September 18, 2018 at 4:41 p.m.

    What celebrities are denigrating us christians on national "teevee"? And how is that one poster's 401k going up and mine has not budged since January 2017?

  • mrcharles
    September 18, 2018 at 5 p.m.

    with stand your ground, this guy could have his butt whipped and then in fear of his life for starting the fight, shoot to kill and kill , and then claim , well , ala George zimmerman I had to and it was not my fault. And dead men tell no tales.

    Just think of all the tax payers money we could save if every one could go outside and settle matters man to man. After all some feel that is civilization. But you know some that look for trouble find their lucky day when they want to man to man that the man is someone who they should not mess with.

    I would remind the recently acquitted, that we have a white christmas song and that is some might fine song. Is that not enough to satisfy his reich views?

    Where is the holiday for tan lined whites?

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