TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Canton City Superintendent of Schools Jeff Talbert released a video on Wednesday to address concerns about an incident in which a kosher student was allegedly forced to eat pepperoni pizza, although he or contrary to his religious beliefs to consume pork.
“We understand that recent events have brought attention to our school and our community. We, as a district, have remained open and honest about our role in these events and our desire to keep safety and security as a priority. well-being of each student, ”says Talbert.
He continued, “False and inaccurate information has been deliberately provided to news sources regarding the actions of the school district in recent days – these false accusations go against the very fabric of who we are as an institution. dedicated to student achievement and achievement. At Canton City Schools, we believe in honesty, integrity and transparency. In a spirit of cooperation, we would like to set the record straight on how events actually unfolded in order to protect some parts that now unwittingly find themselves in the middle of a story that they themselves did not create.
Talbert published a timeline of events that ultimately led to the decision not to renew the contracts of seven coaches.
According to the Talberts:
- On May 24, disturbing actions by our former football coaching staff were brought to the attention of our district administration.
- On May 25, an investigation into these disturbing allegations began. At that time, to ensure the safety of the students, the coaches were suspended and banned from returning to campus while the investigation was ongoing.
- As part of the survey, the district spoke to the involved coaches who are on staff.
- As part of the investigation, the district requested permission to speak to the student-athletes present during the incident. The district spoke to a number of student-athletes who were given permission to speak.
- As part of the investigation, the district viewed security video footage of the incident. This video footage is lengthy and clearly shows the identified coaches engaging in actions that constituted inappropriate, demeaning and divisive behavior in a misguided attempt to instill discipline in student-athletes.
- The investigation met the reporting requirements established by the State of Ohio, including submission of appropriate documentation to the Office of Professional Conduct of the Ohio Department of Education for review. In addition, for the sake of completeness and with the well-being of our students in mind, a police report has been filed by the district. With the safety of the student as the primary objective, the investigation was appropriate, timely and appropriate, meeting the requirements established by the State of Ohio.
- The investigation established that the behavior of the coaching staff at the time constituted inappropriate, demeaning and confrontational behavior and was unworthy of the teaching profession. Their actions displayed extraordinarily weak judgment.
- This investigation proved that based on their extraordinarily inappropriate actions, the seven coaching staff, including the head coach, would no longer be coaches with the Canton City School District.
“Let’s be clear, the Canton City School District imposes the highest professional and ethical standards on our coaches and general staff. Anything that does not meet these standards is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” said Talbert. “Although it was a difficult situation, this incident does not reflect the Canton City School District’s culture of protecting the physical and emotional well-being of our students. We have a culture that is committed to excellence for our students and staff. As we move forward, we are committed to this commitment. “
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