Coatesville, Penn. Parents Demand Firing Of Officials Over Racist Texts

Source: Aubrey Whelan and Michaelle Bond /

The Coatesville Area School District’s board is set to vote Tuesday night to accept the resignations of two school officials whose text-message exchanges – rife with racial and sexual slurs – surfaced over the weekend.

But parents with children in the district say the conduct of former Superintendent Richard Como and high school athletic director Jim Donato is nothing short of a betrayal – and are planning to pack Tuesday’s meeting to demand that the board fire the men outright.

“I am so lost for words,” said Ann Wertz, who has two children in the district, which has nearly 7,000 students. “It’s so inexcusable.”

Sent over 18 days in June and posted online this weekend by the West Chester Daily Local News, the leaked messages show Como and Donato often gleefully exchanging racial and sexual slurs.

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