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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.

Ferndale Resident October 05, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Why doesn't the school district hire coaches directly, instead of through an agency, and why did he have her phone number to begin with? That said, I applaud the district for doing the right thing and firing him. I have to wonder if criminal charges will come of this, though.
Emily S October 06, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I don't have children in Ferndale, but I am hesitate to believe after reading this article if this guy was employed for two years why did this just surface? or did it surface two years ago and no one did anything about it? just recently viewed on the Todays Show how a kindergarten teacher was accused of molesting her students 3 girls to be exact, the teacher was female, after two years of losing custody of her childern getting fired from her job and losing her teaching license she was found not guilty, people assume too much when cases involve children don't get me wrong we do have some people who are like that but we live in a country built on democracy and due process everyone last time I checked deserve their day in court, assumption is the mother of all F ups. Especially in the society we live in. Facts are what make living in America great, Lies make living in America hell.
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Emily S October 06, 2012 at 03:36 AM
I don't have children in Ferndale, but I am hesitate to believe after reading this article if this guy was employed for two years why did this just surface? or did it surface two years ago and no one did anything about it? just recently viewed on the Todays Show how a kindergarten teacher was accused of molesting her students 3 girls to be exact, the teacher was female, after two years of losing custody of her childern getting fired from her job and losing her teaching license she was found not guilty, people assume too much when cases involve children don't get me wrong we do have some people who are like that but we live in a country built on democracy and due process everyone last time I checked deserve their day in court, assumption is the mother of all F ups. Especially in the society we live in. Facts are what make living in America great, Lies make living in America hell.
jennifer October 06, 2012 at 10:22 AM
The facts are that last week, the student sent a mass text to all contacts to notify them of her new number. The coach replied and included the phrase "sexy girl". The student and a parent went directly to the principal, the coach was fired, and the police were called. They found that nothing was illegal about the text, but they are interviewing current and past players just to make sure this was the true extent of the inappropriate behavior. He was not a teacher at the school. And like anyone who works or volunteers in Ferndale Schools, he had a clean background check. All these details are from the Daily Tribune article. Nonetheless, dude is a creep, and it looks like this brave girl, the principal, and the police are all doing a good job.
Ferndale Resident October 06, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Thanks for the update Jennifer. Good to hear the police are already on it.
Melissa P October 06, 2012 at 09:23 PM
All I can say behind each comment to Emily S, I see your point about America and how people refuse to hear or know the truth, Jennifer, I don't believe everything I read, or see on the news, and before you pass judegement all facts need to be presented, how long does it take to arrest or do an investigation, their was nothing illeagl about the text but they are interviewing players past and present just to make sure this was true extent of the inappropriate behavior Guilty seems to be first and innocents comes second in our society,like that poor kindergarten teacher. Nonetheless, it sounds like something is missing. and its called The Other Side..
lynn marsh October 08, 2012 at 01:45 AM
we want our coach back..... if they here his side we all would see this was all blowed up to something that wasnt what it was made out to be.....
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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