Philadelphia School District Superintendent Resigned Because Of Racist Text Conversation With Athletic Director

| by Will Hagle
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Transcripts of text messages have increasingly been at the forefront of lawsuits and criminal cases, and a texting conversation may be the reason why the superintendent of a Philadelphia school district resigned at the end of August. The resignation occurred abruptly, but a new report from West Chester’s Daily Local News suggests that the resignation occurred after a racist texting conversation was discovered by a Coatsville Area high school worker.

The Daily Local News published the leaked  transcript of racially-charged messages sent by Richard Como, Superintendent of the Coatesville school district. 

The messages include references to the n-word, “suicide bombers,” and a direct reference to an individual from the district, to which they derogatorily refer to as a “campus jew.” There are other harsh remarks about specific individuals, many of which include racial slurs. 

Como sent his messages to his athletic director, Jim Donato. According to Newser, “the texts were allegedly sent to and from school-issued phones in June.” The administrators, apparently, were unaware that their data was trackable. The texts were discovered and subsequently leaked by an employee of the school district that was tasked with transferring data from one phone to another.

The extent of Como and Donato’s actions outside of their texting conversations is not clear, but police related that they have begun a criminal investigation. Donato has also resigned from the district.