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Thank you!!! Thank you for digging into this story. Don’t give up. You don’t know how happy this makes me to see somebody trying to get to the bottom of this and find the truth!! Is it coincidental that this is happening right before someone has a son that could possibly be playing football next year at normal West? Darren has given his blood sweat and tears to that program. He cares more about these kids than anything and has sacrificed so much time as has his family. They have brought kids to their house and fed them when their parents wouldn’t. They have taken kids on college visits, he has helped so many kids at that school it’s incredible..It breaks my heart to see him be treated this way so thank you again for what you’re doing.
I’ve received more information. It does look like a tiny group of parents wanted him fired and have for a few years. They tried accusing him of racism but that didn’t work. To keep from getting sued, Unit 5 “suggested” the coach resign. Bullies who think their snowflakes should have more play time won. Parents should demand the minutes of the secret meeting below be released!
By: Diane Benjamin
Parent are the best source to find out what’s really going on with the Normal West football coach. I know the Board of Education held a secret meeting (Executive Session) on December 13th:
Things I’ve heard:
- a parent and two parents of former students want him fired because their kids didn’t get enough playing time
- the coach isn’t a paid position
- the parents are claiming he should be fired because the coach is getting money from the boosters fund, supposedly given to him because he isn’t paid
I need the help of people who know what’s going on. The School Board isn’t going to talk. Minutes of whatever happened at this Executive Session will not be released unless the Board votes to release them.
If the coach did something illegal or unethical he should be terminated. If he didn’t, a few bully parents should not be allowed to make the decision for the Board.
Either comment or send me an email at email@example.com if you know what’s really happening!