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Pennsylvania Superintendent Given $40,000 Payout After Sending Racist Texts

A Pennsylvania school superintendent who resigned after sending racist text messages was given a $40,000 payout by the Coatesville school district. Coatesville Area School District Superintendent Richard Como, along with  Director of Athletics and Activities Jim Donato, resigned before the start of the school year after an IT staffer fixing Donato’s phone discovered text messages between the pair which repeatedly used the N-word.

“All should just have whatever first names they want…then last name is N—–! Leroy N—–, Preacher N—–, Night train n—–, Clarence n—–, Latoya n—–, Thelma n—–,” read one message from Donato. Como responded by writing, “”Great idea! Joe n—– bill n—– snake n—– got a nice ring to it.”

NBC10 discovered documents which show that Como was paid $13,320 for 330 unused sick days and $27,691.70 for 30 unused vacation days. He also accepted the payout 18 days before his resignation was accepted; Como should have only received the payout after the resignation took place. Donato also received a $600 cash payout for one vacation day.

“I think it rewards a person that’s a racist,” said Coatesville resident Alphonso Newsuan. “When a person disgraces the institution, disgraces the people he’s supposed to serve, he’s supposed to pay the consequences.”

A criminal investigation surrounding the txt messages is currently underway. However, state officials confirmed that Como is still legally entitled to the pension he recently applied for because he hasn’t been charged with a crime.

(Photo: Coatesville School District)

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