An Illinois school in southern Illinois has been evacuated after a caller threatened to “blow up” the building if the track coach was not fired, officials said.
Marion High School released students early Wednesday as a “precautionary measure” because of a bomb threat from a New York caller. Police և բաժան Fire Department և Illinois Secretary of State bomb detachment swept the school to ensure the safety of the building.
Protesters in the community are demanding that the school district fire the high school pedestrian coach, who is on leave during the investigation.
“Please understand that the district is in the process of determining appropriate action,” the school district said in a statement. “Discipline or termination cannot be discussed until we have a full picture of what happened.”
The family of a black student accused the white coach of racist reprimanding the girl in front of his teammates, reports The Southern Illinoisan.
“I am ashamed. “He said it in front of my whole team,” the 15-year-old told the newspaper.
The school did not provide details about the incident, citing the confidentiality of students: staff.
“As we work diligently to investigate the allegations against the girls ‘coach, to address this issue, threats to the school only delay our ability to continue the investigation, disrupting our students’ education.” he said.
The student’s sister, Asia Gossett, told WSIL that the family had met with city and school officials.
“We want to do things peacefully,” Gossett told the media. “I feel that this is the only way we can get the answers we really want, the results we really want from this situation.”
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