Olathe parents, students, district decry baseball coach’s behavior. Coach responds. | News
OLATHE, KS (KCTV) – Olathe North High School’s head baseball coach was put on administrative leave Friday and might be fired as quickly as Monday since of remarks to a gamer the night prior to that the district calls “totally unacceptable.”
Olathe Public Schools revealed the action versus coach Pete Flood after the gamer’s dad published about the event on Facebook, stating the professional athletes remained in pre-game batting practice Thursday, and his child, who is Black, placed on some music.
His post states, in part,” The head coach, Pete Flood, heard the music and came by. He looked my child straight in the eyes and stated, ‘We don’t play that ***** music over here. We just play nation and rock music.”
The mom and dad of that gamer decreased to be spoken with, stating their focus now is on their child, who has last tests, then graduation in simply 8 days.
KCTV5 reach Flood at his house. He stated he wished to comment, however not yet, then included that the allegation is, in his words, “simply not true.”
By the end of the school day, nearly everybody at Olathe North had actually heard the allegation, and lots of had strong words.
“He should be fired,” stated freshman Carrie Riwa, whose dad permitted for her to discuss electronic camera.
“He should not be a coach,’ said senior Madilyn Reisner, who is 18.
“We are in 2021!” exclaimed mama Melissa Forest
Her child sent her the Facebook post about a remark made throughout pre-game batting practice Thursday night. By that time Forest had actually currently seen it. She advised her child she wasn’t expected to text in school however comprehended why her child needed to get it off her chest.
“My daughter is of mixed race and the allegations of what he did say, it’s very upsetting,” stated Forest.
“Especially saying it to a kid,” her child, Jayda Freeman, continued. “That’s even more rude and harmful.”
Freeman is a freshman and was among a number of trainees who utilized the expression “especially not here.”
“North is known for their diversity and the acceptance of diversity,” said Reisner.
“They’re always talking about how we’re a family and how we don’t tolerate that stuff, and everybody needs to be respectful towards each other no matter what color they are,” stated Freeman.
“It’s not okay to the people of color, especially when you’re just blurting out the n-word,” stated Riwa.
“It’s not right. He needs to be let go,” stated Forest. “Because it’s not teaching the right things to the kids, him using that type of language.”
The district concurred. By day’s end, they sent out a declaration stating they were horrified, had actually completely examined the grievance, suspended the coach and suggested he be fired.
The school board has an unique conference Monday early morning to vote on that suggestion.
The complete school district declaration checks out as follows:
Declaration from the Olathe Public Schools
We are horrified by the remarks made by the Olathe North head baseball coach and have actually completely examined the circumstance. The employee has actually been put on administrative leave and a suggestion for instant termination has actually been sent to the Board of Education. The remarks made are definitely inappropriate. In the Olathe Public Schools, our concern is the wellness of ALL our trainees. Racist and negative declarations will never ever be endured. This is not who we remain in Olathe. Our focus now is on the assistance and care of our trainees.
Ought To you have any on-going issues or require for extra assistance or resources, our Variety and Engagement Department is readily available for personnel, trainees and households. They can be reached at email@example.com.
The Board of Education will satisfy in an unique board conference on Monday, May 10 at 8:15 a.m. An executive session is prepared to talk about non-elected workers. The conference will be readily available through livestream at https://www.youtube.com/c/OlathePublicSchools233.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long added to this report.