Parents Demand Firing of Pennsylvania School District Amid Racist Texts
Parents of the Coatesville Area School District are demanding that two top administrators be fired after racist texts have surfaced.
In a series of texts messages, Superintendent Richard Como and high school Athletic Director Jim Donato referred to students and faculty with the n-word.
The two officials also used demeaning language to describe Jewish people, women and other minorities in the exchange of more than a dozen messages.
A source with knowledge of the text-message transcripts said that what has been made public represents a fraction of the messages between the men. The source, however, said the messages that were released are perhaps the most damaging. But parents with children in the district say the conduct of former Superintendent Richard Como and high school athletic director Jim Donato is nothing short of a betrayal – and are planning to pack Tuesday’s meeting to demand that the board fire the men outright. “I am so lost for words,” said Ann Wertz, who has two children in the district, which has nearly 7,000 students. “It’s so inexcusable.”
The texts were exchanged in June, but were leaked by the West Chester Daily Local News over the weekend. Both men stepped down August 29th.
The Coatesville Area School District board will vote Tuesday night on whether or not to accept the resignations of both Donato and Como.
47.4 percent of Coatesville Area School District’s student body is minority.
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