As an educator teachers and staff are to present themselves in a professional manner. They are to avoid any “conduct unbecoming an educator.” Reno Saccoccia made threats to a New York Times reporter when being interviewed.
From the New York Times:
Approached in November to be interviewed about the case, Saccoccia said he did not “do the Internet,” so he had not seen the comments and photographs posted online from that night. When asked again about the players involved and why he chose not to discipline them, he became agitated.
“You made me mad now,” he said, throwing in several expletives as he walked from the high school to his car.
Nearly nose to nose with a reporter, he growled: “You’re going to get yours. And if you don’t get yours, somebody close to you will.”
Shawn Crosier, the principal of Steubenville High, and Michael McVey, the superintendent of Steubenville schools, said they entrusted Saccoccia with determining whether any players should be disciplined for what they might have done or saw the night of Aug. 11. Neither Crosier nor McVey spoke to any students about the events of that summer night, they said, because they were satisfied that Saccoccia would handle it.
In an interview last month, Crosier maintained that he was not aware of what might have happened to the girl, even with all of the talk in the town, until three Big Red athletes testified in early October. At the same time, he said that he might have read the online petition that called for a public apology from the players and the team. He said that if he had, he had not thought much of it.
McVey said he was not aware of the team having any off-field issues before this one.
“You’re going to get yours. And if you don’t get yours, somebody close to you will.” Coach Reno doesn’t have the integrity to remain head coach. It’s apparent now that there was a huge oversight on his part to discipline the players in question that night. Even after hearing the sworn testimony of his football players regarding the night in question, Reno did nothing. His lack of action speaks volumes for his lack of integrity and judgement and his threats to a reporter are give light to the type of person he is.
Coach Reno is bound by the laws of the state of Ohio regarding educator conduct. Anonymous citizen reports can be made by filling out the complaint form.
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