Serra High School head football coach Brian Basteyns and assistant football coach Howard Seele were suspended last Friday for wearing blackface at a Halloween costume party earlier in the week.
A picture of Basteyns, Seeley and an unidentified teacher wearing blackface was passed around on Facebook (video below).
Apparently, the three San Diego, Calif. school employees were trying to imitate the “Cool Runnings” Jamaican bobsled team.
“They are very regretful for the incident and express they never meant any malicious intent to any person or group of persons,” Serra High School Superintendent Cindy Marten told 10 News. “They have expressed a deep sense of remorse for the impact of their actions. They send their apologies to any person or group of people they have offended, and want to make it clear it was not their intention to offend anyone.”
However, the two football coaches showed up at a high school football game on Friday night night only hours after they were suspended.
According to Serra High School, the school principal will decide when the suspensions will occur.
Some parents were upset to see the coaches back on the field, while others were glad, reported NBC San Diego.
“If they’re going to be suspended it should be consecutive days back to back,” said parent Marco Franco. “Why are we letting the coaches pick which days they are suspended? Was it done maliciously? I believe it was not, however bad judgment, yes."
But parent Monica Mohr defended the coaches, “We’re glad to see them on the field. We’re glad to see they are here for the boys and at the end of the day it’s about the boys."