Turns out that Coatesville Superintendent Richard Como and director of athletics and activities Jim Donato were ousted from their positions because of racist text messages they sent each other regarding students. The Daily News:
Many of the alleged text messages between Como and Donato, first reported by Chester County’s Daily Local News, are downright ugly. They manage to disparage not just African-Americans, but Arabs, Jews and women, too.
“All should just have whatever first names they want . . . then last name is N—–!,” Donato wrote to Como, according to the Daily Local. “Leroy N—–, Preacher N—–, Night train n—–, clarence n—–, Latoya n—–, Thelma n—– and so on.”
“Great idea!” Como responded. “Joe n—– bill n—– snake n—– got a nice ring to it.”
Como and Donato appeared to discuss students, according to the newspaper.
“Could have whole homerooms of n—–!” Como wrote.
“Hahahahaha!” Donato responded. “Will N—– report to the office, pardon the interruption but will n—– report to nurses office. N—– to lunch now!”
The Inquirer reports the news broke the same day as an NAACP chapter celebrated its 75th anniversary.
Ronjae Jones, 16, a student athlete at Coatesville High School, was at the NAACP celebration. Afterward, he said he knew the athletic director “very well” and said it was “pretty heartbreaking” to read about the texts.
“If something like this is happening now, I think the whole district needs to be under investigation,” Jones added.
Herbert Outzs, 84, who attended Coatesville public schools and who has a granddaughter in the school system, said it made him “feel betrayed.”
“I never had any idea anything like that was happening in the school district,” Outzs said. He said racism was prevalent in the district decades ago, adding, “I guess it’s still burning there.”