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NAACP, Rootstown School Board meet after football coach resigns

Posted at 5:56 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 20:03:49-04

ROOTSTOWN, Ohio — A meeting between the NAACP and the Rootstown School Board was held Tuesday night after two board members and the high school football coach resigned.

Tensions started in Rootstown after the district reinstated a football player that was kicked off the team by head coach Troy Spiker for alleged repeated racial slurs.

The president of the Portage County NAACP says they got involved after receiving a series of complaints.

"We want to start gathering information as we are going through this. We want to be very clear this was discriminatory behavior," said NAACP Portage County President Dr. Geraldine Hayes Nelson.

The NAACP plans on hosting a town hall to get input from the community on this incident.

Students in the district are looking into forming a group that will tackle racial issues during school.

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