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Former Pa. school officials accused in racist text scandal

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Text messages loaded with sexist and racist imagery between a recently resigned superintendent and an athletic director have created a stir in Coatesville, Pa.

The school board is expected to formally vote Tuesday on the resignations of Richard Como, the superintendent, and Jim Donato, high school director of athletics and activities, Philly.com reported.

The text messages in June about staff and students on school-issued cellphones are lewd and rife with the "N-word." They were discovered by a district employee transferring data from an old phone to a new device, the Daily Local News in West Chester reported.

Mr. Como resigned abruptly just a week into the school year and was followed by Mr. Donato, the report said.

The president of the Coatesville Area NAACP and a school board member, Tonya Thames Taylor, said Sunday at the local chapter's 75th anniversary celebration that the board's position "is not silence; it's called responsibility," Philly.com reported.

Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello told the group, "This is not a reflection of our character."

Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell said he was shocked by the reported texts.

"We don't have to read about it in newspapers to know things like that still exist in people's minds," he said.

Herbert Outzs, 84, who attended Coatesville public schools, said it made him "feel betrayed."

"I never had any idea anything like that was happening in the school district," he told Philly.com.

Click here to read the texts. Warning: the transcript contains racial slurs and extreme language that readers might find offensive.

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