If you are educated enough to have been hired as the Superintendent of Schools, shouldn’t you be smarter than this?
Bob Fernandez, Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman and Aubrey Whelan, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writers | Last updated: Monday, September 23, 2013, 2:01 AM, Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013, 2:09 PM
The recently resigned superintendent and an athletic director in the Coatesville Area School District exchanged numerous racist text messages about staff and students in June on school-issued cellphones, according to a published report.
Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan on Sunday confirmed his office was investigating the district and had received texts from school personnel. He would not identify the subjects or the nature of the texts.
The texts – lewd, sexist, and rife with the “n-word” – were discovered by a district employee transferring data from an old phone to a new device, said the report in the Daily Local News in West Chester.
One local official said he was shocked, and another said the texts did not reflect Chester County.
The Superintendent, Richard Como, and the Athletic Director, Jim Donato, have both resigned. Mr Como, with 42 years in education, said that he was retiring. But your Editor would think that, with that many years of experience and enough education to become Superintendent, Mr Como would have enough sense to realize that if the texts really reflect the way he feels, he still shouldn’t be expressing it over text messages on a school owned cell phone.
Your Editor believes in the freedom of speech, and that Messrs Como and Donato have every right to say anything they wish. However, the school district also has every right not to retain them on the payroll if they say things which harm the school district and the education of students.
Thirty years ago, Messrs Como and Donato would have had their conversations somewhere behind the gym, hoping not to be overheard. But today, they succeeded in preserving their conversations for the record. Technology has assisted stupidity.