Coatesville school officials quit jobs amid racism scandal

Two Coatesville Area School District officials resigned after racially charged text messages they reportedly sent each other were discovered. Credit: Google Maps
Two Coatesville Area School District officials resigned after the discovery of racially charged text messages they reportedly sent each other.
Credit: Google Maps

Two high-ranking Coastesville Area School District officials abruptly quit their jobs amid a scandal involving racially charged and otherwise inappropriate text messages they reportedly sent between district-issued cell phones.

Superintendent Richard Como and Director of Athletics Jim Donato each resigned effective at the start of the 2013-14 school year, the Daily Local Times reports. Como on Aug. 29 posted a note on the district website announcing his “retirement.”

The Chester County District Attorney’s Office has confiscated the cell phones issued by the district to the two men — and possibly those issued to other district employees — and is investigating the allegations.

Transcripts of text messages between Como and Donato obtained by the Daily Local Times show the two men used the “N” word repeatedly in referring to students and district employees over several exchanges in June.

The Coatesville school board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The board is expected to vote to accept the two men’s resignations during the meeting.


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