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Ferndale Coach Fired Over 'Inappropriate Texts' to Student

Inappropriate text messages to a student surfaced last weekend, according to the district.

The Ferndale High School girls varsity basketball coach was fired on Monday because of 'inappropriate text messages' sent to a student, according to the district.

Stephanie Hall, director of community relations for the district, said the coach was fired "after a player and her parent met with the principal to report receipt of inappropriate texts from him over the weekend."

"The coach had been the employee of an employment agency for the past two years and on the recommendation of the school district, has been released," Hall wrote in a statement on Friday. "As with all other public school workers in Michigan, this coach had undergone a criminal history background check prior to his employment."

The coach is not being named and was not a teacher at the school.

The texts were sent to a 16-year-old student, according to a ClickOnDetroit.com article.

James Jessie October 08, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Did the coach send an inappropriate text to one of his/her minor players? Yes. Was the minor player offended by the text? Apparently so, if she reported it. Does the schools administration have a duty to act upon the allegations? Yes. The police/prosecuter will determine if a crime is committed. However, ethical behavior supercedes the law and while certain behavior may not be criminal the same behavior can be unethical and grounds for dismissal. I would not want my child to be coached, taught or under the authority of an adult who intentionally or even mistakenly sent an unappropriate text to a minor.
BONNIE NEWSOME October 08, 2012 at 04:49 AM
If you read the paper, Daily Tribune it states no criminal charges, lets not make this out to be something more than what people choose to believe, it seems you know a lot James Jesse can you enlighten the readers, are you the one who wrote the text? to the student curosity killed the cat,,,
James Jessie October 08, 2012 at 07:49 PM
No, I didn't write the text. I am just responding to what has been reported via the various media outlets. I was just drawing the distinction between behavior that is criminal and behavior that is unethical. People lose jobs all the time because of unethical behavior that doesn't meet the criminality threshold...
Ferndale Resident October 08, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Please explain when it's ever okay to address a student- an underage student- as "sexy girl". It's touching that you liked your coach, but behavior like that is unacceptable. If he did something like that with, say, your sister, would you be okay with it then?

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