The varsity football coach at Academic Magnet High School in Charleston County has been relieved from his coaching duties because of postgame victory celebrations a school board member says involved players smashing watermelons and making ape-like sounds, according to the Charleston County School District superintendent.
But some parents were livid with the decision, saying the celebrations had no racial intent at all.
Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley said that Academic Magnet High School football coach Eugene “Bud” Walpole will no longer coach the Raptors because of what some in the district felt were inappropriate postgame celebrations that could be seen as having racial overtones.
“This is not an employee who has been fired for the district, he is still a teacher in the district,” she said. “This relieving of the duties was related to the coaching position only.”
McGinley said activities that were part of the celebrations were something the adults should have not let happen. “Therefore we took action to relieve the head coach of his responsibilities.” McGinley said.