In court Thursday morning, a Fulton County Grand Jury decided not to indict Kevin Pope, something family and friends who arrived with Pope were happy to hear.
Pope was a football coach and teachers assistant at Banneker High School. Last month, he was accused of pointing a BB gun at the head of a sophomore football player.
He was arrested by Fulton County School Police and then fired by Fulton County Schools.
Pope said being fired has been extremely difficult. It was my passion. This is always something I wanted to do; I wanted to be a coach. I had a connection with my players, as well as the students at Banner, so its extremely difficult right now to be away from them.
Pope told Channel 2s Ryan Young he wants his job back.
I think there is some things I could have done differently, its really about my kids doing what they need to do in the classroom as well as on the field, Pope said.
Popes attorney said this may not be over though.
The law allows for Paul Howard to present this case again to a second grand jury, if he chooses to do so. Were hoping that he understands the sentiment of this county, that they support efforts to raise our young men, sometimes tough love is necessary, Attorney Phinia Aten said.
Pope told Young his passion is to help students and thats something he hopes someone will let him do again soon.