Top Pennsylvania School Officials Resign Over Racist, Raunchy Text Messaging Scandal

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By Leonardo Blair , CP Reporter
September 25, 2013|3:50 pm
Coatesville Officials (Photo: Screen Grab via CBS)

Former Coatesville, Pa., School Superintendent Richard Como and former Director of Athletics and Activities Jim Donato.

In the scandalous text messages exchanged by two now former top school officials from the Coatesville Area School district in Pennsylvania, a white female is berated for allegedly having sexual relations with a black colleague and all blacks are shockingly surnamed "N***er."

At an explosive school board meeting on Tuesday the resignations of the two officials, former Superintendent Richard Como and former Director of Athletics and Activities Jim Donato, were formally accepted, according to CBS.

With emotions running high, hundreds of community members shouted that the officials should have been fired instead of being allowed to resign after a document of the scandalous text messages shared between the two men on school issued cell phones were made public in the media.

"I absolutely love my job but I love being a person with integrity even more," said a visibly upset Teresa Powell, district senior administrator during the public comment session of the four hour meeting.

Powell, who is black, became the first Coatesville School District official to go on the record to confirm the authenticity of the explosive text messages which have been floating around the Internet in various reports.
"There are many many things swirling out there about the text messages that were released on Sunday. The article they printed was the absolute truth," she said.

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School officials resign over racist texts

In the often confusing exchange of messages the officials repeatedly used the N-word while discussing students, faculty and members of the athletics department.

"All should just have whatever first names they want...then last name is N***er!" wrote Donato to Como in one exchange. "Leroy N***er, Preacher N***er, Night train n***er, clarence n***er, Latoya n***er, Thelma n***er and so on."

"Great idea!" Como replied. "Joe n***er bill n***er snake n***er got a nice ring to it."
But the two didn't end there.

"Could have whole homerooms of n***er!" continued Como.

"Hahahahaha!" Donato replied. "Will N***er report to the office, pardon the interruption but will n***er report to nurses office. N***er to lunch now!"

According to the CBS report, District Attorney Tom Hogan confirmed that detectives were reviewing the text transcripts as part of an ongoing investigation.

Coatesville School Board President Neil Campbell said the DA's office is investigating related issues and "potential kickbacks" involving high school football camps.

But many of the community members who spoke at the meeting on Tuesday night remained dissatisfied.

"I don't have anything to say anymore, they should have fired them," said Mikeysa Wilson of Coatesville

"They should be fired, they did wrong, you do wrong on your job, don't you get fired?" asked Claire Bessick also of Coatesville.

CASD: Transcript Excerpts by 21stCenturyMedia

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Racist text messages from former Pennsylvania school officials

 

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