Coatesville superintendent, AD resign over racist texts

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The Coatesville Area School District superintendent and athletic director have both resigned after bigoted text messages between the two came to light when a technician transferred their data to new employer-provided phones.

Officials at the suburban Phila­­del­­phia district in Chester County described the messages as “lewd, ­sexist, and rife with the N-word.”

The Coatesville school district is one of the most diverse in suburban Philadelphia, with a student body that is 42% black. The local NAACP has asked to be a part of the search for replacements for the two positions.

Note: You have the right to monitor communications on employer-owned cellphones and computers. You should notify employees that they cannot expect messages sent or received via those devices to be confidential.

Further, because employers may be held liable for the content of the messages, you should prohibit employees from using racial or sexual slurs on the equipment you provide.

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