Thursday, September 26, 2013

School Superintendent and Athletic Director's Commonplace and Brazen Use of Racial Epithets

In a story so shocking, it is hard to believe, the superintendent and athletic director of a suburb school district outside of Philadelphia were just removed/allowed to resigned from their positions after an IT employee leaked their electronic conversations containing repeated use of the n-word. Coatesville Area School District Superintendent Richard Como and Director of Athletics and Activities Jim Donato apparently had the following to say about their students and teachers:

'All should just have whatever first names they want...then last name is N*****!

'Leroy N*****, Preacher N*****, Night train n*****, clarence n*****, Latoya n*****, Thelma n***** and so on.'

'Great idea! Joe n***** bill n***** snake n***** got a nice ring to it.'

'Could have whole homerooms of n*****!'

'Hahahahaha! Will N***** report to the office, pardon the interruption but will n***** report to nurses office. N***** to lunch now!'

When the superintendent was talking about 23 teachers laid off, Donato asked: 'How many n****** out of 23? Not enough!” The superintendent replied: 'Don't know but think it's only 4-5. At most until last minute rush of firing by Goo of Phoenix and Kamara.' 'Good hangings there,' Donato responded.

The district apparently knew of these communications earlier and tried to cover them up and keep the men employed.  My guess is that the fall-out over these statements themselves is just the tip of the iceberg.  Soon enough, dismissed teachers, disciplined students, and harassed students will begin to comb the policies, records, data and decisions of this district.  When they do, any number of Title VI and Title VII lawsuits might follow.  It is hard to imagine that two men in leadership positions like this were fair and unbiased in the numerous official decisions they have made in past years.  The first in line may be the African American teachers who were laid off.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/education_law/2013/09/school-superintendent-and-athletic-directors-commonplace-and-brazen-use-of-racial-epithets.html

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