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BREAKING: Academic Magnet football coach invited to resume coaching duties

BREAKING:  Academic Magnet football coach invited to resume coaching duties

Dr. Nancy McGinley, Charleston County School Superintendent, released a statement about 5:30 Wednesday afternoon, saying that after speaking with Walpole she would like to offer him his old job back, effective Thursday after Walpole agreed to make commitments to diversity and sensitivity training.


The head football coach was originally relieved of his coaching duties after complaints about a post-game ritual.

Charleston County School District Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley says the celebrations involved players smashing watermelons with a caricature drawn on and making ape-like sounds.

The school district held an emergency meeting Tuesday to shed light on the reason behind the termination, as some parents continued to push for his reinstatement.

"Based upon the information that I heard from the board member that the team goes through chants that are tribal like or animalistic in nature, I asked for further investigation by speaking to a cross section of the team," said Dr. McGinley on Tuesday.

"They have unjustly let a man go. It's the best season we have had ever and without cause they have not explained to any of us why they have fired coach Walpole and its inappropriate. The school district needs to answer questions, and as you can see from happened today, Dr. McGinley just left the podium and ran off from the room," says Connie Biggs, President of the Academic Magnet Booster Club.

Walpole's teaching position was not been affected.

By Wednesday afternoon, a petition on change.org to reinstate Walpole's coaching eligibility surpassed 4,000 signatures and claimed victory.

Tuesday morning Academic Magnet issued the following statement:

"There was an allegation related to inappropriate post game celebrations by the Academic Magnet High School (AMHS) Football Team. An investigation was conducted and, as a result of the investigation, the head football coach will no longer be serving as a coach for Charleston County School District.

Coach Andrew Rusciolelli will serve as the interim head football coach and Coach Steven Kamp and Coach Gary Weart will be assistants for the two remaining games of the 2014 season.
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CHARLESTON, SC -  The head football coach at academic magnet is relieved of his duties after complaints about a post-game ritual.

Charleston County School District Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley says the celebrations involved players smashing watermelons, and making ape-like sounds.

The school district held an emergency meeting to shed light on the reason behind the termination, as some parents continued to push for his reinstatement.

“Based upon the information that i heard from the board member that the team goes through chants that are tribal like or animalistic in nature, I asked for further investigation by speaking to a cross section of the team,” said Charleston County School District Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley.

"They have unjustly let a man go. it's the best season we have had ever and without cause they have not explained to any of us why they have fired coach Walpole and its inappropriate. The school district needs to answer questions, and as you can see from happened today, Dr. McGinley just left the podium and ran off from the room."

The press conference ended rather abruptly, but McGinley said she still plans to talk to Walpole, and the school board could still reverse or modify the decision.

Walpole has also been relieved of his coaching duties with the girls varsity basketball team. His teaching position has not been affected.

A petition is already posted on change.org to reinstate Walpole's coaching eligibility.

Tuesday morning Academic Magnet issued the following statement:

There was an allegation related to inappropriate post game celebrations by the Academic Magnet High School (AMHS) Football Team. An investigation was conducted and, as a result of the investigation, the head football coach will no longer be serving as a coach for Charleston County School District.

Coach Andrew Rusciolelli will serve as the interim head football coach and Coach Steven Kamp and Coach Gary Weart will be assistants for the two remaining games of the 2014 season.

 

Story & Image courtesy of WCBD-TV.

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