LANHAM – Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) and DuVal High School officials confirmed that they have placed their head football coach on leave as an investigation gets underway into an alleged “inappropriate interaction with a student.”
Tarrell “Carlos” Lockwood, who is also the in-school suspension coordinator, was placed on unpaid leave, according to a letter sent out to parents on Feb. 13. PGCPS officials confirmed that they are investigating the matter and cannot comment further on the situation.
“I want to reassure you that our focus remains on rich student learning experiences,” Assistant Principal Brian Taylor said. “We are committed to creating learning environments where students can succeed.”
Prince George’s County Police (PGPD) confirmed that an allegation against Lockwood was reported, but the altercation was not physical. Police officials also said once all the facts from the investigation is gathered, they will speak with the State’s Attorney’s office on how to proceed further, but at this time, no criminal charges have been filed.
Media outlets have reported that inappropriate text messages were part of the communication between Lockwood and the student. However, county police could not comment nor confirm the information, citing an ongoing investigation. PGCPS officials did not respond to follow-up emails and phone calls. DuVal officials did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Lockwood is a PGCPS graduate and has worked in the school system since 2005. He started working at DuVal in 2011. On his Twitter account, his last public message, “WOW” was made the day before the announcement of his leave was made public. His profile has since been moved to private.
Students in the DuVal community said there were stunned to hear the news of the allegation. They spoke highly of Lockwood, stating he was accessible and easy to talk to. Tenth grader Darli Cabrera, 16, said she interacted with Lockwood several times during in-school suspension and never felt uncomfortable around him.
“He’s not the type of person to do that kind of stuff to students,” Cabrera said. “He just did his job. He would give me advice like tell me to go to class and other stuff.”
Lockwood was the Tigers’ defensive coordinator for three years before becoming the head coach in 2016. In his first season, he was named the Washington Redskins High School Coach of the Week and finished the year with a 6-5 record.
Alum David Dupree, 19, who played running back for two years for Lockwood, called him a “father figure” who tried to build connections with his students and players. Dupree related well with his head coach after learning that they were from the same Palmer Park neighborhood.
“He was a cool person to be around and definitely one of the best coaches I ever had, especially off-the-field,” Dupree said. “He was just one of them teachers that if you are having a bad day, you can always go to his office and talk about whatever you are going through and he’ll help you.”
Two members of this year’s football team, junior Kayvon Raymond and senior Akil Woods Jr., said that they were surprised to hear the reports on Lockwood but are standing by their coach until all the facts are out. Until then, they wish that Lockwood would return to DuVal campus.
“I do not believe it and I still don’t,” Raymond said. “That was not the example he set for us; he teaches us to be young men… My teammates are mad about it, and they disagree with it, and we want him back.”
Woods, the team’s starting quarterback, called the announcement “a complete shocker” and said that he contacted Lockwood to lend his support. This past season with Lockwood, the Tigers finished a 5-5 record and recently, four players announced their college commitments on National Signing Day on Feb. 6 in a ceremony where Lockwood was present.
“I told him that I did not believe it and that he is still a father figure to me; no matter what,” Woods said. “Told him that I love him and that my teammates that have talked about do not believe it either.”
David Kosloski, a social studies teacher, will serve as the team’s interim head varsity coach. Kosloski has worked with the school system since 2015 and according to Taylor, will provided “a quality educational experience for your child.”