Workers Harassed After Exposing Racist Texts That Led to Resignations of School Leaders

Monday, Sep 30, 2013  |  Updated 3:26 PM EDT
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Workers Harassed After Exposing Racist Texts: Attorney

Coatesville Area School District

Coatesville Area School District Superintendent Richard Como (L) and Athletic Director Jim Donato (R) both resigned from their positions earlier this year amid a criminal investigation by the Chester County District Attorney's Office.

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A lawyer for two employees of the embattled Coatesville School District said his clients have been subjected to continuing harassment from administrators since exposing racist and sexist text messages of two top administrators.

In an email Sunday to the school board, attorney Sam Stretton alleges the district's acting superintendent Angelo Romaniello ordered the technology director to provide the passwords to the district's computer networks "under threat of insubordination," according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

It was the technology director who discovered the racial text messages that led to last week's resignation of superintendent Richard Como and athletic director James Donato.

In an emailed statement, school board president Neil Campbell calls the harassment claim "ridiculous" and said the district was simply following policy.

Romaniello also denies the allegations.

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