HS football coach sacked over post-game watermelon ritual; parent called it ‘racist’

HS football coach sacked over post-game watermelon ritual; parent called it ‘racist’

[Ed. – H/t: Katherine Timpf, NRO.]

Charleston NAACP President Dot Scott said she has spoken to former Academic Magnet football coach Bud Walpole who she says has apologized for the alleged post-game celebrations involving a watermelon which led to Walpole’s removal from the football team.  …

Scott also commended the Charleston County School District, specifically Superintendent Nancy McGinley, “for her swift attention to an inappropriate and racially insensitive ritual performed by the football team at Academic Magnet High School.”

McGinley said a parent contacted a school board member after witnessing a post-game celebration involving a watermelon following a win by the Academic Magnet football team.

That sparked an investigation which revealed a “watermelon ritual with students making monkey sounds” that football team members engaged in after recent victories. Each time, the watermelon was decorated with what McGinley described as a caricature by a student using a Sharpie marker with the watermelon being named “Bonds Wilson” at various times.

As a result of the investigation, Walpole, who is a physical education teacher at Liberty Hill Academy, was removed Monday as head football coach and girls basketball coach at Academic Magnet. …

The NAACP is calling on the school district and the city to create a task force to “bring equity and fairness in public education, in employment, in business development, in housing and in everything that will make ours a fair and balanced community.”

Walpole has coached the Raptors to a 6-2 record this season, tying the school’s win record. He went 29-70 during his 10 years coaching the team.

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