Galt High School vice principal Robert E. Rappleye Jr. was arrested Friday after police said he hit another man twice with a golf club.
According to an Angels Camp police report, Rappleye, 61, was golfing at the Greenhorn Creek Golf Course when he and his golfing partners became angry over the pace of play by a pair of husband and wife golfers at the 18th tee ahead of them.
It led to a verbal argument, police said; then the husband approached Rappleye's group to discuss the issue. The argument became physical when Rappleye took a golf club and struck the husband twice, the police report said. The husband was injured on left arm and shoulder blade after attempting to block the blows, according to witnesses in the police report.
Angels Camp Police responded to the call and met four golfers near the pro shop on site. The victim and another man were still arguing when police arrived. The victim was bleeding from his injuries, and pointed out Rappleye as the subject responsible, police said.
Officer Chris Johnson detained Rappleye as he was loading his golf clubs into his car and preparing to leave, the report said. Rappleye admitted to striking the victim and was detained while Johnson spoke with the victim and witnesses, according to the police report.
The victim was treated by paramedics and released. Rappleye declined treatment for a scrape on his chin.
Rappleye was arrested and booked into the Calaveras County Jail on Friday night on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. He was released Saturday morning.
Rappleye has been employed by the Galt Joint Union High School District since 1984. He began working as a teacher and is currently the vice principal at Galt High School.
"We're aware of the allegations, and we take it very seriously. This was an event outside of the school time. It happened during his personal time. At this point we are cooperating with any police investigation," said Audrey Kilpatrick, chief business official and interim superintendent for the Galt Joint Union High School District. She did not comment on usual district policy to deal with this kind of incident.
School board member Angela DaPrato echoed Kilpatrick.
"At this time don't want to infringe on the Angel's Camp Police Department's investigation. We will wait until it is over to comment," she said.
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